Seeds of <em>Cabralea canjerana</em> (Meliaceae) Rich with Red Lipid Aril is Hig
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Arillate seeds of Cabralea canjerana (Meliaceae) are primarily disperesed by birds in the Atlantic forest of Brazil. However, hundereds of naturally fallen or partially eaten diaspores may be found on the forest floor with bits of aril attached. The red lipid-rich aril is highly attractive to ants, such as the large Odontomachus chelifer (size ~ 2cm). Aril removal by ants greatly facilitates seed germination.