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Juçara White

JUÇARA is a remarkable palm tree from the central Atlantic Forest area of Brazil. It grows to a height of 20 meters and produces nutrient-rich seeds that are an important food source for about 40 species of birds and mammals. Linked to the biodiversity of the Atlantic Forest, the Juçara palm is at risk of extinction because of edible palm hearts which are extracted from the trunk, killing the tree.

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Jarina White

JARINA is a palm tree unique to the Amazon. Its bright white seeds, commonly known as "Amazon ivory", are used in the manufacturing of bio-jewellery and have become an important source of income for the people of the forest, offering an opportunity for sustainable development in the region.

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Araçá Purple

ARAÇÁ is a simple bush native to the Atlantic Forest. It can be found in the headwaters of streams and produces a tasty and refreshing fruit also known as “strawberry guava”– especially the variety that produces purplish-red fruits. The small araçá fruits are low in calorie and rich in vitamin C and phosphorus.

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Açaí Burgundy

AÇAÍ is the star among Amazon palm trees. The juice from its burgundy colored fruit is appreciated around the world. It is also the staple food of the Amazon population, who usually eat the fruit with tapioca flour. Açaí has been branded a “superfood” because of its tremendous concentration of antioxidant, vitamin E, minerals, amino acids, fatty acids, fiber and monounsaturated fats.

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Piúva Red

PIÚVA is a tree that is sometimes used as a symbol of the Pantanal region – the largest floodplain in the world and a breeding refuge for many species. However, when the weather gets dry and the surroundings became predominatly barren gray, the red shades of Piúva’s flowers are one of nature’s most welcome surprises. The flowers last only one week, but during this time they color the Pantanal with a dazzling display of vitality.

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Urucum Red

URUCUM is a red fruit produced by a small tree in the Amazon, called Urucuzeiro. Brazilian Native Indians make an urucum paste, which they use as sunscreen and also against insect bites. The medicinal properties of urucum have been known for generations, including its use as antioxidant to fight free radicals and as a remedy for controlling diabetes. The dye extracted from the fruit is also employed to enhance the color of certain foods without changing their taste.

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Camapu Orange

CAMAPU is a herbaceous plant that grows in the Amazon area. Its bright orange rounded fruit, also known as winter cherry or balloon cherry, is delicately wrapped in thin balloon-shaped leaves. It has a unique taste, slightly acidic and sweet, that is much appreciated by gourmets. Research shows that camapu fruit can induce the production of neurons and its substances could possibly be used in the fight against Alzheimer's disease.

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Cambucá Orange

CAMBUCÁ is a tree found along the Atlantic Forest coastline. From the same family as guava and pitanga cherry, the Cambucá fruit has a distinctive sweet-sour taste which resembles a light combination of mango and papaya. Until the middle of last century, the fruit was part of the diet of the local population, but deforestation has put the species at risk and today there are very few of these trees in their natural habitat.

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Embaúba Pink

EMBAÚBA is a tree that grows in clearings and along the edge of the Atlantic Rainforest. Its unusual pink colored flowers appear as a small cluster at the top of the tree. Embaúba’s hollow stem is home to ants that do not eat the leaves, but feed on a sweet compound that is present in them. It is a symbiotic relationship, with the ants, in turn, protecting the tree against herbivores. Embaúba is also called “árvore-da-preguiça” (or "tree-of-the-sloth"), because of being a favorite of the lovely slow moving mammal. Embaúba’s leaves are said to have medicinal anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties as well as helping against respiratory disorders. Unfortunately, the tree is now endangered due to the over-exploitation of its wood to be made into shoe heels and matchsticks.

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Macela do Campo Beige

MACELA DO CAMPO is an evergreen herbaceous shrub found in the wide plains of the Pampas area in the south of Brazil and is one of the official symbols of Rio Grande do Sul state. The leaves are thin with light greyish-green color. The yellow flowers have a lovely smell, blooming in small bunches, and turn into a soft beige color when dry. The tea made from macela-do-campo has been used by the locals for hundreds of years for its alleged antiviral, antispasmodic, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and soothing effects.

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Castanheira-do-pará Beige

CASTANHEIRA-DO-PARÁ is an Amazon tree that can live more than a thousand years and reach 50 meters in height. Its fruits produce an edible seed that is one of the main export products of the forest: the castanha-do-pará – or Brazil nut, as it is internationally known. Brazil nut is rich in selenium and omega-3, and may help in the prevention of some types of cancer and heart disease. Nonetheless, uncontrolled timber trade means this tree is currently endangered.

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Virola Beige

VIROLA is an Amazon tree with a wide variety of uses. It grows in the flooded areas of the forest, where its slender trunk reaches up to 60 meters high. Virola’s flowers are light yellow and its fruits have the shape of an oval capsule of green or brown color that turns beige when ripe. Up to 50% of the income of the local communities comes from the sustainable exploitation of this tree, from which they extract an oil that is used to make candles, soaps, cosmetics and perfumes, due to its pleasant smell. They claim the oil also can also be of help against malaria, rheumatism and arthritis. However, Virola wood is equally used in light construction and for making furniture, boats, boxes and other objects, and the rampant exploitation of the timber has left Virola close to extinction.

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Imbuia Brown

IMBUIA is a large tree of the southern part of the Atlantic Forest, and has been adopted as a symbol of the state of Santa Catarina. Imbuia is locally called "noble lady of the forest", it exceeds 30 meters high and lives over a thousand years, one of the most long-lived species of the forest. As its wood is highly valued for furniture, imbuia is now a species threatened with extinction in its native habitat.

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Cumaru Bronze

CUMARU is a long-living Amazon tree that can reach over 35 meters high. The tree bark is smooth and gray but the wood is a reddish-brown or bronze color. Each developed fruit contains one seed, also known as "tonka bean". The fragrant oil extracted from the bean smells of vanilla and cinnamon, and is used by the chocolate and the perfume industries. Cumaru’s substances also have medicinal uses in areas such as cardiac control, hormone replacement and the induction of neurons by stem cell manipulation. Cumaru wood or Brazilian teak, as it is also called, is a popular hardwood because of its beautiful natural color and durability, which means that the tree now risks becoming extinct.

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Ipê Yellow

IPÊ is a beautiful tree native from the Atlantic Forest, but which can be found in several Brazilian states, since it is also popular as an urban tree. Much loved by the Brazilians, IPÊ has been officially declared the national tree symbol. When in bloom, its leaves give way to flowers of intense yellow that strongly contrasts with the green of the forest, and announces the onset of spring. Ipê has become increasingly rare in its natural habitat, where the species is endangered.

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Cedro Yellow

CEDRO is a tree from the Atlantic Forest that can grow up to 35 meters high. In the beginning of the Brazilian colonization by the Portuguese in the sixteenth century, the Jesuits chose light and sturdy cedro wood to carve the first sacred sculptures produced in the land. In order to spread the Christian faith among the Guarani Indians, the European missions practiced the indiscriminate felling of cedro. Nowadays the tree is virtually extinct.

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Mogno Gold

MOGNO is a majestic tree from the Amazon that can reach up to 60 meters high, shooting through the top of the forest canopy. Internationally known as mahogany, its wood has been highly sought after due to its beauty, durability and color, leading to the cutting down of over 2 million trees in the last 30 years. Despite Brazil banning mahogany export in 2001, there are hardly any more specimens of the tree remaining in the forest. Nowadays, the easiest way to find mogno is in the shape of furniture and musical instruments throughout the world.

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Palma Green

PALMA is an emblematic cactus from the dry lands of Caatinga, in interior north eastern Brazil. It grows in virtually all the northeastern hinterland and is an important human and animal food source. The plant is 93% water with a high content of vitamins and minerals. Palma’s fruit is the size of a lemon and the pulp is similar to the one from the passion fruit, but a bit more sour in taste.

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Mandacaru Green

MANDACARU is a cactus from the Caatinga region, in the Brazilian drylands in the north east of the country. Its ability to get through long periods of drought has been compared to the locals’ resillience in coping in an area where it is difficult to survive. In fact, mandacaru has become an icon for the Caatinga and its inhabitants because of a singular trait: it blooms just before the arrival of the rains. Mandacaru’s white flowers are large, beautiful and have a sweet smell, but they last only one night, wilting at sunrise. The plant is used for feeding the cattle and its fruits are a favorite of local birds.

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Jatobá Green

JATOBÁ is a rare giant tree from the Amazon. It exceeds 40 meters in height and two meters in diameter. One single jatobá tree can produce up to 2000 fruits, which can be used to make a high-protein flour utilized in the manufacture of sweets and breads. Its sap is used as an ingredient in vegetable varnish, fuel and medicines. The jatobá tree, however, is threatened because of the indiscriminate export of its timber.

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Jequitibá Green

JEQUITIBÁ is a lush tree from the Atlantic Forest, seen only in the south eastern region of the country. It is one of the largest trees of the Brazilian flora, reaching more than 50 meters high and 15 meters diameter. The "Forest Giant", as the jequitibá is called, is the tree symbol of São Paulo and has been the subject of quite a few country songs and poems. Even though there are jequitibás over 3000 years old and still bearing fruit, the species is considered virtually extinct.

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Caviúna Green

CAVIÚNA is a tree that grows in the dense area of the Atlantic Forest, where the soil is richer. It can reach up to 30 meters high. At the top of caviúna’s marbled and thorny trunk emerges a very full but delicate foliage in shades of bright green. Caviúna is considered one of the most beautiful and valuable of Brazilian woods for its dramatically pronounced grain and the colors of its timbers. The hardwood was nickname "ironwood" for its strength and is a favorite of manufacturers of musical instruments. This is yet another species that is on the list of endangered trees.

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Candombá Blue

CANDOMBÁ is a bush that is widespread in the Brazilian tropical savanna area of Cerrado in the centre of the country. Its flower has beautiful blue tones and is edible, while its oil is used as an insect repellent. However, the intriguing fact about this species is in its thick and fibrous stem that is highly resistant to fire and yet it releases a flammable sap/resin which spontaneously combusts when the relative air humidity falls below 10%. As it happens, the burning of Candombá is vital for keeping the natural balance of the Cerrado, which is a fire-dependent ecosystem. (In the Cerrado, the fire is necessary to control the dry biomass. The pines, whose seeds only sprout after catching fire, need burning, as do several other species that only bloom after the fire.) In the local rural communities, Candombá leaves are traditionally used as kindling in wood burning stoves.

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Íris-da-praia Blue

ÍRIS-DA-PRAIA or “beach iris” – is a plant that occurs in the coastal strip of the Atlantic Forest, typically in sandbank areas. Sometimes mistaken for an orchid because of its singular shape, the flower has delicate blue petals with white bursts. After blooming, the flower stems hang down until they touch the ground, rooting and forming new plantlets. For this reason, the plant is also called “íris-caminhante” (walking-iris). Largely grown in coastal gardens, íris-da-praia is ephemeral as its charming flowers last only one day.

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Imburana Blue

IMBURANA is a tree that is endemic to the semi-arid area of Caatinga, in the north east of Brazil. Its branches with sinuous shapes are part of the regional landscape. Imburana produces a bittersweet fruit. Its bark and seeds are sought after by the local population and used in the treatment of wounds, gastritis and ulcers.

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Sucupira Blue

SUCUPIRA is a tree that grows in the Brazilian tropical savanna of Cerrado. The tree reaches between 5 and 15 meters high, has deep roots and blue colored flowers. The locals claim the seeds can be used as medicine and are capable of of inhibiting pain and inflammation. Scientific research has found that each part of sucupira plant has different bioactive compounds, and there are indications that its substances may manifest anticancer action. Further research is needed but, in the meantime, sucupira has become an endangered species due to the rampant exploitation of its highly durable hardwood.

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Manacá Blue

MANACÁ is a shrub native to the Atlantic Forest. It can reach up to 3 meters high and produces flowers in shades of violet-blue and white. In the last century, manacá was widely used in the ornamentation of gardens for its beauty and perfume. Its flowers exude a distinctive scent that attracts the “borboleta do manacá” or "manacá-butterfly", a species that only lays eggs on the leaves of this plant, which is the only food for the larvae. The peculiar caterpillar, black with yellow stripes, grows exclusively between the leaves of the manacá.

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Camu-Camu Purple

CAMU-CAMU is a small shrub that grows in flooded areas in the Amazon. Its radiant purple fruit has more than 60 times the amount of vitamin C found in oranges and more than 100 times the amount provided by lemons. It is also a source of fiber, protein, minerals and antioxidants. This nutritious fruit has been long used by the local population and used to be harvested directly into canoes. More recently, Camu-Camu has been industrialized and has become the new superfood in town, consumed in the form of ice cream, jelly, pulp and nectar. Health afficionados worldwide are also starting to include camu-camu in their diets in tablet or powder form.

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Sapucaia Lilac

SAPUCAIA is a tree native of the Atlantic Florest that can reach up to 30 meters tall. At the time of flowering, the top of the tree gets covered by a dense canopy of lilac flowers, which becomes a feast for bees. The fruits are peculiar, in the shape of a gourd with rigid thick bark. When mature, they spontaneously release an abundance of edible and tasty nuts, similar to European chestnuts. Sapucaia’s aromatic oil can also be made into a medicinal ointment used to treat skin diseases. Unfortunately, Sapucaias now face the threat of extintion, with only a small number left in the woodland.

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Peroba Pink

PEROBA-ROSA is a tree of the Atlantic Forest. This beautiful and slender tree reaches up to 50 meters high. Because of its height and sparse leaves, other species such as orchids, bromeliads and ferns find peroba the perfect home with plenty of access to light. Its name, literally “pink peroba”, comes from its bark that is pinkish in color. Its prized timber has been widely used in construction and furniture making, resulting in the virtual extinction of the Peroba tree.

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Angelim Lilac

ANGELIM is a shrub that is part of the Brazilian Cerrado vegetation. Its flowers, with five small petals in bright lilac color, are grouped in clusters at the end of the branches. Argelim flowers bring color to the fields of the savanna and attract a stingless bee, which is essential to the maintenance of the ecosystem. Angelim wood is both durable and colorful and therefore used in a wide range of products, from bridges to flooring and furniture.

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Itaúba Silver

ITAÚBA tree is one of the largest plants of the Amazon, reaching up to 40 meters high. This majestic tree has a fragant wood, from which an aromatic oil can be extracted. Itaúba’s oil has a slightly sweet smell and is the main raw material for the famous perfum Chanel No. 5. Regrettably, in order to extract the oil it is necessary to fell the tree – and it is now threatened with extinction.

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Sumaúma Black

SUMAÚMA tree grows in the Amazon. It is the largest tree in Brazil and one of the largest worldwide. It can reach up to 80 meters high whilst its canopy can spread to over 40 meters. Its roots can stretch out up to 300 meters into the forest in search of water. The Native Indians call it "Mother Of All Trees", but the sumaúma has also been nicknamed "Forest Phone" for another reason. The indigenous population use the tree as a means of communication, by knocking on the huge external roots of the tree, because the sound generated by the tapping can echo for kilometers through the forest. Sadly, sumaúma has been widely used by the plywood industry and overharvesting has led this tree to be added to the list of endangered species.

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