Pages dedicated to the Brazil nut (Bertholletia excelsa)

Brazil Nut Homepage. The Brazil nut homepage of the Amazon Conservation Association. This is a very informative website that keeps abreast of all conservation issues, meetings, and research relevant to the Brazil nut.

Wayne’s World. A link to Wayne’s World page on the Brazil nut (Bertholletia excelsa) andLecythis minor. There are very nice photos of the fruits of both species. Lecythis ollaria(commonly called olla de mono) is not the paradise nut or the sapucaia nut as indicated on this page. These names refer to Lecythis pisonis sensu lato.

The Raintree nutrition tropical plant database provides information about the Brazil nut. Especially useful is the discussion about economic botany, especially the discussions of uses and chemical composition of the seeds.

Pages with information about the entire family

Google Image Search. Type in the name of any taxon of Lecythidaceae and you will be surprised at how many images of Lecythidaceae are available on the web. The image search, however, does not find images in the database of The Lecythidaceae Pages.

Tropicos of the Missouri Botanical Garden. This site includes images of both types of Lecythidaceae as well as photos taken in the field. Many of the field images come from those of the late Alwyn Gentry whose breadth of exploration where Lecythidaceae grow and his diligent attention to taking photographs have made this site an especially useful resource. Unfortunately, the names associated with the images are sometimes out-of-date.

Angiosperm Phylogeny Group. This web site provides information about the current higher level classification of the flowering plants. The Lecythidaceae are placed in the Ericales which are, in turn, part of the basal euasterids. A phylogenetic tree of the order and a description of the family are provided.

Atrium, the biodiversity information system, version 1. Descriptions and images of the Lecythidaceae of the Los Amigos area in Peru are now available and partial information for a few species from the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica have been entered.

The Tropical Plant Guides provide a very good introduction to the genera of Neotropical Lecythidaceae. Especially useful are the Neotropical Live Plant Photos, some of which are stunning. The Neotropical Herbarium Specimen images provide images of herbarium specimens of Lecythidaceae archived at The Field Museum and these are also very useful, especially for confirming identifications of the more distinctive species.