Sr. Coussirat amde arrangements for an automobile to Logos
Snata. Besides Mr. C. there were three men from the 'em-rtment, one a
young German, son-in-lav oS Dr. Alvaro.
The road leads out through' espasiano. It iP fairly good
but requires rather slow going. About such a reodaas we had between
Gainesville and Palatka, nowhere was it as heavy as the sandiest
portion, nowhere as bad as the worst, and nowehrre as good as the best
part of th'e Palttka road. There seems to be no reason for not making
the trip anytime regardless of weather conditions.
On the way out I found some wild pineannples, hunting over
soem of these bushes I found one that had four ripe pineapples. The
largest and best shared of these fruits was four and a half cm An
diameter and four inches high exclusive of the top. The four fruits to-
gether had about seventy viable seeds. Over half of them occurred in
the best developed fruit. After cutting off the reel and taking out the
core there was a small quantity of deliAcious, sweet flesh, several
thimblefuls, tasting like the abacaxi. The color of the flesh and the
form od the eyes resembled abacaxi more than the Red Spanish. It is
barely possible that this id the progenator of the abacoxi. Along the
road returning I sawmany thousands of plants in what is ordinarily known
as the campo, more nearly like the cactur region of western mexas and
New "Mexico. Cactus are practically absent but the shrubs generally
are'well fortified with spines and thorns.
On the rose about three kilometers out from B. H. there was
quite a lot of the abacaxi gorwing wild but annarently without fruit.
The vegetation in which the wild pineapples occurred is very similar to
that one finds on the hill above Ilorto Florestal.