The cocoa leaves used for these lamps are colleted from the same plant chocolate is made.
After a process called fossilization, the leaf is dyed with organic, non-corrosive dye to create the desired color. Only the leaves that remain fully in-tact are used on the lamps. The other leaves are then used for display and marketing purposes.
Alibang, which literally translates to "butterfly", is used in the south pacific for food flavoring and medicinal purposes.
This small but stocky tree grows to a height of 8 to 10 meters producing leaves that are broader than they are long. The leaves have a heart-shaped base and are deeply notched at the top.
The banyan tree has a unique root system which grows above ground. It is because of its roots and extensive branches that the banyan is widely used for creating bansai.
The leaves of the banyan tree are round in shape with a pointed tip. The sheerness of leaves makes it easier to create patterns and different color hues.
Durian fruit is about the size of a soccer ball and weighs nearly ten pounds. It's considered very unwise to walk under a durian fruit tree, as a direct hit to the head from the spiked durian fruit could be fatal.
When fresh and ready to eat , the fruit has a rotten smell which is probably the reason it hasn't caught on in the US. The fibers around the seed are used to create the fibrous material on the lamp diffusers.