They can't be all pretty,...

They can't be all pretty, happy photos.
picture from cacao4hawaii

This is escoba de bruja - witches broom disease. These photos shows us the transitional phase from parasitic phase. At first the fungus feeds on living tissue, producing hormones that cause hypertrophy and produce the characteristic "broom" for which the disease is named. Eventually the infection destroys the broom and the fungus then feeds of the dead tissue and produces a little pink mushroom (badisiocarp) that disperses spores and completes the life cycle.
Sadly, this scourge afflicts nearly every part of the cacao tree.
Be happy if you don't have it in your country.

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