These are the berries of Pollia condensata. Scientists have just named them the world's shiniest natural object after tests revealed they reflect nearly 30% of light. Are you thinking what I'm thinking? "I bet they pass through undigested like corn?" What? NO. I was gonna say we should rename them sparkleberries.
Twisting layers of cells scatter and reflect incoming light, and as the light bounces around inside layers, it gets intensified, and by the time it makes it out it's a vivid blue color. Slight differences in the spacing of the layers inside the fruit also create glittering reds, greens and purples.
Apparently the berries have no nutritional value, but trick wildlife into eating them and spreading their seeds by being so damn attractive. Not unlike myself. "You're ugly as shit, GW." I'm a monster, don't look at me! Okay, now look at me. "...Did you really just tape a picture of Christian Bale's face from 'American Psycho' to yours?" Nope! I glued it.
Hit the jump for a closeup of a dingleberry.
Thanks to VEINED and Keith, who, just like babies, are attracted to shiny objects. Dammit, let go of my earring!