A sapucaia tree growing in a coffee plantation in eastern Brazil displays its springtime color. Reaching 120 feet in height, it is pollinated by carpenter bees, and its seeds are dispersed by bats. The sapucaia drops it leaves in the Southern Hemisphere spring, remains leafless for 10 to 15 days, usually produces pink new leaves and flowers at the same time, and after flowering the leaves turn green.

While the Southern Hemisphere is entering autumn, those of us up North are enjoying the early signs of spring. Here’s to a more colorful season! ~LM

April 2: Architects from Brazil, Mexico, & Colombia discuss Latin American architecture past and present, in conjunction with the new exhibition Latin America in Construction.  

[Jorge Rigamonti. Caracas Nodo de Transferencia (Caracas Transfer Node 2). 1970. Photocollage. 9 1/4 x 15” (23.5 x 38.1cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of the architect]