Brazil nuts reproduction ecological report Essay

Brazil nuts reproduction ecological report

Dr. Alan Rizzo
IB Biology SL Y1
January 13, 2014

Brazil nuts reproduction ecological report

Brazil nuts contain exceptional nutritious elements and can only be harvested in the
Amazon forest of Brazil. Each Brazil nut tree towers high up to 200 feet; its branches
provide habitat and food for other animals. Despite the fact in which only those Brazil
nut trees that grow in undisturbed forests bear fruit, their reproduction has high
dependency on other organisms of the forest. In accordance to my research, there are two
main organisms that every Brazil nut tree depends on for its own reproduction: the orchid
Coryanthes vasquezii and the agouti of genus Dasyprocta.

Only an insect strong enough to lift the coiled hood on the flower can pollinate Brazil
nuts and with a tongue long enough to reach the complex flower spiral. Nut production
depends on the presence of Coryanthes vasquezii, an orchid that attracts long-tongued male
orchid bees of genus Euglossa, with its scent that male bees need to attract females. The
large female long-tongued orchid bees then pollinate the Brazil nut trees. If there is no
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