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The scarlet flowers of Symphonia globulifera trees have existed in the Amazon for 15 million years.

Close up of scarlet flower of Symphonia globulifera in the Amazon.

The distinctive scarlet flowers of Symphonia globulifera, Central American, South American and African timber trees, have existed in the Amazon for 15 million years.

Credit: Rolando Perez, Center for Tropical Forest Sciences

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