Great article Jeremy. Always nice to learn about a plant or tree you've never heard of before.
Will take a bit, but when I get a chance wil hunt through my seed boxes for ya. Somewhere I have seeds of the Blue Shrimp your looking for. They grew great here, so should do good for you. Very easy to grow.
Thanks, Chrissy100, for the photo of the flowers of C. acuminata. It unfortunately looks like the webpage link I provided in my article is no longer active.
Starlight -- glad to know the Blue Shrimp Plant will grow well in our humid south. Some seeds from the plant would be an extraordinary gift! I, too, have a refrigerator crisper drawer full of seeds that I seem to never find time to properly plant. If you find your seeds for C. major (don't you love the musical twist to the abbreviation of the botanical name of the Blue Shrimp Plant?!), I'll be happy to swap with some seeds I might have.
Jeremy, another fascinating article! Thank you for providing my "something new" learned early in the morning...now I relax for the rest of the day! Ha. Isn't it wonderful when folklore turns into scientific fact...so glad your Happy Tree research resulted in such wonderful information.
I relate well to always having one in the back of the mind you want, seems we like to set challenges for ourselves, lol. I have found that eventually the time comes to get what was wished for. It doesn't get better than that! Even still, there is always something else to shoot for to keep our hoe in hand.