„Dead man’s fingers“

Decaisnea fargesii

preview hoep 00010 decaisnea insignis blauschoteThe „Dead man’s fingers“ is noticeable particularly in the autumn, when the small tree loses gradually its yellow discoloured leafs and the blue-rimy and cucumber-like pods emerge even more clearly. In late autumn when the leaves have mostly fallen off completely, the fruit burst. Inside the pods black seeds show up, which are surrounded by a gelatinous mass.

In South West China, where this plant has its origin and usually grows in thickets of shrubs, the wild fruits are collected.