It's been raining so much for the past week, that they're having difficulty finding any fruit to eat. Most fruit (what was left in the trees) now lies on the ground spoiling after the heavy rains.
What to eat? What to eat? What to eat?The monkeys do brave the raindrops when they abate. They sit on my neighbour's wall and ponder what to eat. They then make their way to the only source of food available now.......the many wild River Tamarind trees (Leucaena leucocephala) that grow along the edge of the quarry.
Here on the island, the River Tamarinds are considered invasive weeds, and they are destroyed whenever a seedling is sighted anywhere near your property. These small trees are very hard to get rid of since they produce multiple shoots when cut back. I have had some success killing them with old gasoline. They have a good laugh at all the high strength herbicides.
They are prolific seed producers, with dark brown seed pods about 6" long and about 20 seeds inside each one.
Lets write that equation down: Twenty seeds x hundreds of seed pods = a never-ending battle.
River Tamarind- Myamosee - Lead tree
The white fluffy flowers
The pods are green at first
Too young for the monkeys to consume
The brown pods which the monkeys devour
Until the fruit trees in the area start producing mature fruit, Brazen and crew will be having these pods for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The River Tamarind has had the distinction of holding the weed of the month in Florida at one point here.
An interesting article on the river tamarind here.