Why I hate Brazilian Raintrees 

Adam's Art and Bonsai Blog

One hot and humid afternoon in Jupiter, the legendary Florida bonsai pioneer, Jim Moody, got a packet of seeds in the mail. They were from his sister, we’ll call her Felicitous because I don’t know her name (I’m not sure it was his sister either….bear with me) who happened to be in Brazil seeing the sites, sampling the local fare, dancing with the Carnivale and what not. She had seen an odd and interesting tree and thought, “Gee, Jim likes trees, maybe I’ll find some seeds from this bizarre tree I see before me” so she did and then mailed them to Florida (maybe she was an attaché to the U.S. Diplomat to Brazil. Or perhaps an undercover C.I.A agent searching for evidence that the Soviets were supplying street vendors with counterfeit Gucci purses to cause deflation in the luxury handbag market, hence hastening the totally inevitable transition from cronyism…

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