Help ID Omphalea? Local professor baffled.

Clarence, NY

Found this young tree. Was not planted, appeared in my garden next to a juv. mahogany tree in St. Croix, in the Caribbean. Has obovate leaves in a whorl, some with drip tips, somewhat wavy margins and 3 branches at each node. Has not yet fruited or flowered. Leaves are smooth, veins defined on top and rougher on the bottom. No scent to the leaves. As it drops leaves there is a residual scar leaving the branches near the whorls textured.

The closest we can find is Omphalae triandra, but the photo in our reference book does not have drip tips.

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Keaau, HI

Any close-ups to show? Flowers or fruit?

Clarence, NY

Too young to fruit. Here's a closer shot.

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Keaau, HI

Just a guess, but maybe a Terminalia.

Need to see flowers / fruit to place it in a Family.

Keaau, HI

Maybe the parent tree is in the area?

Clarence, NY

Thanks Metro. I thought it was an Almond too, but leaves are so "light". Thought maybe a Cordia species, but doubt it. K. I will wait till it flowers. Definitely no parent tree as I know all other trees on my acreage. Thanks though, can always count on you!

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Keaau, HI

Here is a young Terminalia catappa in Hilo, Hawai'i Island.

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Clarence, NY

I can't see any pictures. Think I pressed the wrong button or something last night. How I get to view images again?

Keaau, HI

Hi Deb,

You should try contacting Terry at the Helpdesk:
http://davesgarden.com/helpdesk/tropics/

Terry will probably know how to deal with technical problems.

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