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Deirdre Allinson. Born 1968.

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Mangosteens, Singapore. 2014. Color photograph printed on Hahnemuhle paper. 10 x 14 (sheet 12 x 18). This photograph is custom made in your choice of medium (fine art paper, metal, acrylic or canvas) and size. Signed in pencil. $350.

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The purple mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana), colloquially known simply as mangosteen, is a tropical evergreen tree believed to have originated in the Sunda Islands and the Moluccas of Indonesia. It grows mainly in Southeast Asia, southwest India and other tropical areas such as Puerto Rico and Florida,where the tree has been introduced. The tree grows from 6 to 25 m (19.7 to 82.0 ft) tall.The fruit of the mangosteen is sweet and tangy, juicy, somewhat fibrous, with fluid-filled vesicles (like the flesh of citrus fruits), with an inedible, deep reddish-purple colored rind (exocarp) when ripe. In each fruit, the fragrant edible flesh that surrounds each seed is botanically endocarp, i.e., the inner layer of the ovary. Seeds are almond-shaped and sized.

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