Sunday, 24 August 2008

Juniper Ink

Guanaguanare, thank you for your interesting question:

"Chas, Sam and Max, this is the Trinbagonian blog that I have been waiting for all my life! I have added it to my list of blogs and I will visit you often. Now, I am in need of your help. Can you tell me what is the local name of the plant that the Amerindians use to dye their skin black? The botanical name is "Genipa americana" and apparently the dye is now in demand for body tattoing. Unlike some other black dyes which are poisonous, this dye, which the Tainos called "jagua", is not. The other good thing is that it fades after 15 days which makes it perfect for temporary tattoos. I am relying on your knowledge of the rainforest to discover what Trinbagonians call this plant as I have been told that it grows in T&T."

The Trinbagonian name is just Juniper , it grows in South and Central Trinidad.
Deer and manicou eat the fruit. The dye is found in the seed of the fruit.
We will experiment in the dry season and we would be glad if you could come.
PS. do you eat freshwater fish?

This image was taken from "Native Trees of Trinidad and Tobago" by Victor Quesnel and T. Frances Farrell. The other two were taken by Chas in Freeport, Central Trinidad.

Thursday, 14 August 2008

Down The Islands

This summer, we went Down The Islands. This picture was taken of an Eagle Ray under the jetty at Avees in Collens Bay, Monos. Our names are Chas, Sam and Max.
This website was created because we know all about tropical rainforests and the sea around Trinidad and Tobago. We have lots of pets like fresh water fish including crustaceans. We also have many chickens. We have two pet manicous, three cats, three dogs and sometimes, we get HUGE SPIDERS and SNAKES!
If you have any questions on the rainforest or the sea, please comment and we would love to help you.