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Plant Identification: Plant growing in Saudi Arabia Planted in compound

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bparrott

April 28, 2014
9:32 AM

Post #9824162

I don't know what this is. It has fruits that have very little pulp and a large seed (or perhaps a second coating?)
It doesn't smell much, and from first impressions it didn't taste too like much, but was a bit bitter (I spit after testing the taste with my tongue in case it was poisonous . . . i know, probably a bad idea to taste random things, but after enough time as a laboratory scientist, you stop following the rules)
Here are some pictures...

It holds on to the leaves pretty much year round. It seems to have one main 'trunk' but has a few very long branches that start pretty low, so perhaps it is a shrub. It is relatively ductile (bends under the weight of its fruit).

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Vestia
San Francisco, CA

April 28, 2014
9:43 AM

Post #9824171

Maybe Cordia subcordata

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Metrosideros
Keaau, HI


April 28, 2014
12:54 PM

Post #9824302

It does look like a Cordia.

If the fruit matures to white, it may be Cordia sebestena.

If the fruit matures to brown, and looks kinda dry, it may be Cordia subcordata.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cordia_sebestena

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cordia_subcordata

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