As a kid, i always spelled umbr- A –lla!! Those days are gone! i can spell ‘umbrella,’ as well as, ‘center’ … ‘meter’ … and lot such unpredictable, troublesome stuff quite easily (of course, after much effort from my kindergarten teachers’ side). Now, see… i just wrote it correctly; without a ‘spell-check.’

This green umbrella is the canopy of an African Oil Palm (Elaeis guineensis,) native to west and southwest Africa. Palm oil is extracted and used by men for past 4000/5000 years. I always had a liking for this tree. It looks so gorgeous, like a big green umbrella, braving scorching sun.


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