Llorón

Miconia prasina

Orden: Order: Myrtales

Familia: Family: Melastomataceae

Género: Genus: Miconia

Especie: Species: Prasina

Nombres comunes: Common names: Camasey blanco, cenizo, jogorai, kuukutee, waraia.

Parte de la planta que se usa para el pigmento: Part of the plant used for pigment: Leaf

Color: Brown Yellow

Llorón pigment on paper. 102 x 68 cm

Herbarium. Dried Llorón leaves, sewn on rice paper.
77 x 57 cm. 2013.

Monotype on rice paper made from the dried Llorón leaves.
100 x 65 cm. 2013.

Planta

Plant

Llorón. Leticia, Colombia, 2011.

Descripción general

General Description

Small, leafy tree between two and eight meters in height, with slender branches and prominent, oval shaped leaves. Its tiny, pink and white flowers are clustered at the ends of branches. The fruits also arranged at the end of the branches are small grapes that turn bluish-purple when ripe.

Llorón. Leticia, Colombia, 2011.

Distribución geográfica
e historia natural

Geographic Distribution
and Natural History

Found along tropical America, from Southern Mexico to Bolivia and Paraguay, including the West Indies. Blooms during the dry season and bears fruit at the start of the rainy season. Typically found in wet tropical forests, although it also inhabits mountain forests. Birds eat the fruit and scatter the seeds. It can be found in clearings, forest fringes, and second-growth areas.

Color extraction and dyeing process of natural fibers. Leticia, Colombia, 2011.

Usos

Uses

Its timber is used as fuel and building handmade tools. Its fruit, although edible, is not popular. Mostly used as food for cattle and for biological restoration processes, since it is an easy-growing pioneer species.

Pigmento

Pigment

The llorón produces a green-tea colored pigment attained when the leaves are macerated. This is a high yielding pigment that sets easily over different surfaces. When turmeric and lemon are added, the result is the only green colored pigment, among the plants explored to effectively set on fique.

Extracción + teñido

Extraction + dyeing