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Plant Identification: SOLVED: A casuarina?

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StephanieChoo
Petaling Jaya
Malaysia

February 6, 2013
9:55 PM

Post #9410826

Hi,

Please help me to ID this.

Thank you

Kind regards,
Stephanie

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

February 7, 2013
12:45 AM

Post #9410852

Can you get some more close-up pics please?

Resin
StephanieChoo
Petaling Jaya
Malaysia

February 7, 2013
12:49 AM

Post #9410853

Hi Resin,

Ok. I will to get more close-up pics the next time I am there at the park. But it will be in one to two weeks time only.

Thanks,
Stephanie

growin

growin
Vancouver, BC
(Zone 8b)


February 7, 2013
1:44 AM

Post #9410859

Also if there are any cones, flowers, seed pods, etc would certainly help. To me, it doesn't have a Casuarina look but then again it's not something I see often.
StephanieChoo
Petaling Jaya
Malaysia

February 7, 2013
6:42 AM

Post #9411000

Ok I will go there again growin. I will check the ground has the cones/pods or not as the tree may be too tall for me or my camera to zoom in. Thanks.
StephanieChoo
Petaling Jaya
Malaysia

February 13, 2013
5:15 PM

Post #9418248

Hi Resin, growin,

I took more pics today. I didn't see any flower, seed pod or cone.

Could it be a Gymnostoma species ?

Btw, please disregard the third pic (taken from afar) of the first set of pics that were uploaded in my first message. It does not represent the tree.

Thanks,
Stepanie

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vngarden
Seattle, WA

February 13, 2013
5:52 PM

Post #9418273

The foliage reminds me of Cryptomeria.

growin

growin
Vancouver, BC
(Zone 8b)


February 13, 2013
6:06 PM

Post #9418284

I think your mention of Gymnostoma might be right but I look to Resin for a good ID.
Diana_K
Contra Costa County, CA
(Zone 9b)

February 13, 2013
8:17 PM

Post #9418407

The several species of Casurina that grow around here all have much longer needles, usually 6" +, depending on species. They are almost all olive-green, drab coloring, even the new growth. Unless pruned up, they are branched to the ground and have a fairly formal Christmas tree shape. They tolerate a lot of wind, then the 'formal Christmas tree shape' becomes more windswept, but almost always maintains one main leader, then horizontal or somewhat hanging branches.
Darwiniensis
Darwin
Australia

February 13, 2013
8:20 PM

Post #9418410

I don't think it's Casuarinaceae, and I'm not sure it's any of the conifers either. It actually reminds me of Melaleuca bracteata.
StephanieChoo
Petaling Jaya
Malaysia

February 13, 2013
10:04 PM

Post #9418474

Thanks Darwiniensis! Yes, I agree. The tree does look like Melaleuca bracteata.

Thank you Diana_K, growin, vngarden :-D
Darwiniensis
Darwin
Australia

February 13, 2013
10:12 PM

Post #9418475

You're welcome!

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

February 14, 2013
4:56 AM

Post #9418593

Melaleuca was my first thought with the new pics too; M. bracteata looks good, but maybe also compare M. linariifolia.

Resin
StephanieChoo
Petaling Jaya
Malaysia

February 14, 2013
5:49 AM

Post #9418638

I think it is closer to M. bracteata as well.

Thanks for your feedback, Resin!

Stephanie

Darwiniensis
Darwin
Australia

February 14, 2013
2:37 PM

Post #9419154

Melaleuca linariifolia has pale, peeling, papery bark (the classic Melaleuca bark which gives them their common name, Paperbark).
Like this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Melaleuca_linariifolia_bark.jpg

M. bracteata has darker, gray/brown, fissured bark, as do the trees posted above by Stephanie Choo.
There is a good image of M. bracteata bark on this page:
http://www.grevilleapark.org/static_images/1701/index.html
StephanieChoo
Petaling Jaya
Malaysia

February 14, 2013
5:43 PM

Post #9419296

Hi Darwiniensis,

We have many similar plants growing in our countries. As for Melaleuca linariifolia, I don't think I have come across this tree yet. Next time when I see one, I will definitely post a pic ;-)

Thanks!
Stephanie
StephanieChoo
Petaling Jaya
Malaysia

September 28, 2013
11:40 PM

Post #9672905

Hello Resin, growin, Diana_K, vngarden, Darwiniensis,

How are you?

Fyi, recently the park people put up signage on the tree. It says Melaleuca bracteata 'Revolution Gold'.

The ID identified was correct :-D

Thank you again!
Stephanie

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