It grows scattered here and there among other trees in the general forest, and is easily recognized by its remarkably smooth skin-like bark, and its massive trunk and branches. Altogether I measured and sketched about a dozen specimens. The fruit is green, about six inches long and three in diameter, hanging straight down, and very conspicuous. The leaves are thin, delicate, and smooth. About three to four or five inches long and wide. The bark is gray in color, wonderfully smooth, shining, wrinkled here and there, and slightly corrugated horizontally, but with no furrow like the bark of most other trees. It looks like leather, or the skin of the rhinoceros. On my return trip I
Original journal dimensions: 10 x 17 cm.
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