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    The Geographical Origins of Jagua

    February 21st, 2008

    Genipa Americana is known by many different names throughout the many different regions of Central and South America. Some of the most popular names are jagua, huito, jenipapo Click Here for more local names for Genipa Americana.

    Jagua fruits destined for body adornment are harvested when they are unripe and very firm. Traditionally the seeds from the fruit are ground up and the liquid is then used to paint directly onto the skin. The exact process Read the full article »

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    Traditional Jagua Body Art History.

    February 21st, 2008

    It is most likely because of the many highly valued ethnobotanical uses that this fruiting tree is so well dispersed throughout all of tropical and Sub tropical Central and South America.

    No one can say exactly how long Jagua Body painting has been carried out by the indigenous people of the Amazon and Read the full article »

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    The Many Names Of Jagua…

    February 21st, 2008

    Scientific Name Preferred Scientific Name: Genipa Americana L

    Other Scientific Names
    Genipa americana var. caruto (Kunth) K. Schum, Genipa caruto Kunth, Gardenia genipa Sw., Genipa barbata Presl, Genipa codonocaiyx Standl., Genipa cymosa Spruce, Genipa exelsa K Krause, Genipa grandifolia Pers. Genipa oblongifolia Ruiz & Pav., Genipa pubescens DC., Genipa spruceana Steyerm., Genipa venosa Standl., Genipa nervosa Sprce

    Trade Names
    Jagua, Genipa, Marmalade Box Read the full article »

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    The Jagua Tree, Propagation and Cultivation

    March 4th, 2007

    Jagua_TreeDescription
    The Genipa Americana tree stands tall at heights between 10–20 meters (30–65 feet). The trunk is approximately 40 – 80cm in diameter (15–30 inches). It is a deciduous tree with abundant foliage, the short-petioled leaves are more highly concentrated at the branch apex with an average size of 10-30cm (4 –12 inches). Its yellow or white flowers, about 4cm Read the full article »

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