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An obscure African berry has been declared the shiniest thing in nature by researchers studying the reflectivity of biological tissues, reports the Smithsonian. The iridescent skins of these fruit, which grow from the Pollia condensata plant, even beat out the kaleidoscopic wings of the Morpho butterfly and the exoskeleton of the scarab beetle in shininess.

This African fruit is nature's shiniest living thing

The fruit of the African Pollia condensata plant, declared the shiniest thing in nature.

brughiera inglese - Cerca con Google

brughiera inglese - Cerca con Google

Mimosa Tree. SUCH pretty blooms and a perfect tree to sit under in the summer.

SUCH pretty blooms and a perfect tree to sit under in the summer.

Тундра России Russia's Tundra

Тундра России Russia's Tundra

Lilac Tree. Always loved our lilacs in my childhood home. I cannot get over how good they smell! I will have one again one day...

Always loved our lilacs in my childhood home. I cannot get over how good they smell! I will have one again one day.

Poeny farm in San Jose, CA

Poeny farm in San Jose, CA

exploringcanada:    Doorway of Reconstructed Norse Sod House at L’Anse Aux Meadows, Newfoundland

exploringcanada: “ Doorway of Reconstructed Norse Sod House at L’Anse Aux Meadows, Newfoundland ”

Brown Turkey Fig Bush. I will never forget the taste of these figs, and hope to one day have one of these bushes again.

I will never forget the taste of these figs, and hope to one day have one of these bushes again.

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