I thought I had seen the most beautiful nutmeg until I found these at the market in Roseau, Dominica last week. The picture doesn’t do justice to how large they are, but the firey colour of the mace (the outer red portion) is fairly true.
One of my goals while here is to see a nutmeg tree. I’m trying to arrange a farm tour so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it happens.
I have seen these both cultivated and growing wild here in Dominica.
Imagine one of these munching its way through your garden. I saw this one, and then I saw two others soon after!
Both terrifying (I was initially sure it must be poisonous and stepped back as if it might eat my face) and amazingly beautiful all at once.
Turns out it won’t eat your face or your entire garden, just the frangipani relatives if you have them.
Okay, maybe not hot, but merely an epiphytic cactus hitching a ride on a large opuntia. Pretty cool though. I’ve never seen this before!