I keep finding leaves in my yard that don't come from any trees I have. This one was on the ground this morning and I have looked at all my trees and nothing has a leaf like this. Somebody got a clue. Sorry I can't give you more to go on but I don't have anything else. Thanks as always.
That leaf is less common, almost diamond shaped. I don't know the proper shape name for that. Some mature Hedera ivy leaves are shaped like that but I don't know if this really matches. Is the leaf tough and leathery like a Hedera (English ivy)?
Hi sallyg, There doesn't seem to be any Ivy growing around except for my Dutchman's Pipe and it's not that. I think this is a tree leaf and it is diamond shaped and a little leathery. But it is dried out some and yellow. That might make it more leathery. The leaf is certainly distinct but I don't have any more to go on as there are no tree with a leaf like that here." Is a puzzlement" (old line from the movie The King & I.
Old (adult) Hedera helix is often found attached to the trunks and crown branches of mature trees, where it has climbed from being a groundcover. The tree appears clothed in green foliage on its trunk through the winter months. As older leaves turn yellow and are shed, they will travel quite a distance in the breezes from higher elevations - and possibly land in your yard.
That's what it looks like to me, too. I suspect a look upwards during a walk around the neighborhood will reveal this plant's presence.
Hedera helix expresses its leaves across a diverse morphological realm, as likely do other Hedera sp. that I'm not familiar with but many others are. Your part of TX is probably home to several Ivy species, but likely none more common than English/Common Ivy.
I see your leaf over and over again in this web perusal.
All of this is to say: that is a logical identification of your ONE unknown leaf. With no other information provided, this answer makes sense. If you are able to provide other information about this leaf and its origins - possibly based on clues provided here, or by observation in your environs - then further evaluation could be made and conclusions could be reached.
What about this leaf? Not exactly the same but pretty close. It came from an Erythrinia cristi-gali in the back yard where I had put what I thought was a freeze killed plant. Aparently it has come back to like. Not many leaves and they are kinda soft and flimsy not like the other that is kinda leathery. But they sure look close. I think this plant was a cutting from a neighbors Fireman's Cap tree. It may also be a Coralbean. Whatcha think?
Well, the other leaf turned brown and wasn't anything like the the one that I found. It is very leathery and not dry at all. Sure wish I could find the tree or more leaves. I just don't know what is from. Still open for other guesses.
I found a Tallow about 3 blocks away but there were no old leaves around it so I think the leaves must compost quickly after falling. New leaves are similarto mine but very soft and not like this leathery one I found. Here is the Tallow leaf and the other one. What do you think? Looks like the Tallow is more pointed and is certainly not leathery or stiff. The mystery continues...
Ok. Wish I were home... things keep ticklin my memory but I've been away too long. You would think if you keep finding them there would be something close- or a yard crew scattering them on the way to dispose of them...