Bella trees are ubiquitous in the Amazon and they’re one of the best known of the tropical forest trees.
Their leaves are often covered with leaves, fruits, and flowers.
When the trees are mature, they’re usually a shade of orange, and they can reach an average height of 3 to 4 feet (1.4 to 2 meters).
This makes them popular among the indigenous people of the Amazon who use them for medicine and clothing.
But as Bella tree grows, its leaves become thinner and less abundant, and the leaves begin to wilt and fall off.
The reason is that the tree’s cells begin to become more and more acidic, causing the tree to break down and die.
In order to maintain its leaves and fruit, the tree must store excess water and nutrients inside.
That means when the tree is young, it loses water and the nutrients are lost to the surrounding soil.
When trees are grown as adults, the acidity of the soil prevents the tree from storing water and is why its leaves get more and different colors.
However, when Bella’s leaves are older, they are more acidic and lose their color, but they are still attractive and can be used for medicinal purposes.
This article has been reproduced with permission from National Geographic.