A friend gave me this branch today. The lady that gave it to her said it is a pumpkin tree. She didn't know much about it. It has thorns on the branches like a rose bush. The little pumkins are shriveled up in this picture but she said when it was fresh they were perfect little pumpkins.She used them in floral bouquets. They are full of seeds. Does anyone know what the correct name is to this plant?
Hey that could be it! I mean, some Diospyros species.. They have pretty dark bark don't they? Cause they belong to Ebenaceae family.. And isn't eben tree black, like it says in the story, snow white - "and her hair was black like an eben tree"... ?
How big are the seeds? If they are brown and not very small it could be some Diospyros species.
MaVieRose, Looked at your links and they are not the same as this branch. I wish the fruits were not so shriveled up but my friend had them for awhile before she gave them to me. They have the same vertical lines on them that a pumpkin does. I'm beginning to think a UFO dropped it out of the sky.
url mentioned were NOT referring to pumpkin tree u have. if u notice i said, i can NOT find anything close to it. the only reason why i ask if it is a tomato tree is because it looks similar to a tomato tree a neighbor used to have.
maybe someone else can help. i tried, but can not find any. it is not persimmons either!
New discovery about the 'Pumpkin Tree'
I get from Brasil's Gustavo a plant stamp.
on the plant there is one big red pumpkin,
which looks much alike the above one.
here are the words on the stamp:
PITANGA (think this might be the name of
the plant in Portuguese??)
waiting for our gardening friend Gustavo
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Reading a little booklet about flowering trees, I remembered this thread and wondered if you ever learned the id. A tree in Hawaii, called sand-box tree of Hura crepitans, produces "fruits like tiny 3" pumpkins. Each contain 15 to 20 divisions with round flat seeds that explode when ripe." It is described as a large deciduous spiny tree with poisonous milky sap which could cause blindness. It has ovate, heart shaped leaves, a dark maroon flower. Any similarity?
Well, I typed this once and then went to the booklet to check something and it disappeared. I will try again.
In "Tropical Trees of Hawaii", a little 64 page booklet written in 1964 by Dorothy and Bob Hargreaves of Hawaii, is a photo of Hura crepitans L. The flower looks more like a dark maroon cone, suspended among the leaves by a long stem, or maybe petiole? I can't make out any thorns, but the photo is mostly a closeup of leaves and the one bloom. Maybe a search would yield more detail, and Hawaii might have something on a website. With no leaves, only stems, we have little to go on. I hope they put out leaves for you so you can better understand your plant. It appears to be a large tree in this booklet.
Yippeeee Aimee!!!!!!!! I think this is the one.It sure sounds like it.The thorns is what had me puzzled as the other names I looked up didn't mention thorns.I think the mystery is solved. Thanks so much Aimee. MaVie, thanks for your help on this.
Snow I know this is an old thread - but I came accross this in my Fragrant Path catalog today... Solanum integrifolium (Tree Pumkin)... it's a cousin of the eggplant. Maybe not the same thing you have but I thought of this thread when I read it. Here's a picture http://www.lhogarth.it/cd2001/cat/hi2.it/000064.htm
Wow, it was a long time coming, and took a circuitous route. What a find of a needle in a haystack. It astonishes me to witness such a search, with so little to start with and such diligence required to determine the correct name. I am humbled.