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palmbob

palmbob
Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)


March 4, 2009
8:08 AM

Post #6219417

Here is a tree I found in Los Angeles in a public landscape (so probably not rare)... but what is it?

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palmbob

palmbob
Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)


March 4, 2009
8:08 AM

Post #6219419

closer shot of fruit

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Metrosideros

Metrosideros
Keaau, HI


March 4, 2009
5:57 PM

Post #6220879

Maybe a type of Pistacia.
Alistair
Nowra, NSW,
Australia
(Zone 9b)

March 4, 2009
9:49 PM

Post #6221633

Dave I think its Sapindaceae not Anacardiaceae - the leaves end in a bit of aborted rhachis and the fruits are 2-locular and dehiscent .



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Alistair
Nowra, NSW,
Australia
(Zone 9b)

March 4, 2009
10:00 PM

Post #6221678

Harpullia perhaps??

Metrosideros

Metrosideros
Keaau, HI


March 4, 2009
11:11 PM

Post #6222029

Thanks Alistair, I missed that. It looks very similar to Harpulia arborea, the Puas Tree. Harpulia pendula is similar but has orange fruit.

palmbob

palmbob
Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)


March 5, 2009
3:06 AM

Post #6223144

I can find little about either of these plants, and no good photos on line. How can I tell for sure which one this is?
Alistair
Nowra, NSW,
Australia
(Zone 9b)

March 5, 2009
7:10 AM

Post #6223758

I think arborea is probably too lowland wet-tropical to be it. My money would be on pendula, which extends well outside the tropics into New South Wales.

Metrosideros

Metrosideros
Keaau, HI


March 5, 2009
9:34 AM

Post #6223826

From A. Graf, "Tropica":

Harpullia arborea has green petaled flowers; the fruit in coppery red capsules 4 cm dia., with large black seeds inside.

Harpullia pendula has long sprays of small dull yellow flowers, followed by pairs of orange berries 3 cm dia., with black shiny seeds.
Alistair
Nowra, NSW,
Australia
(Zone 9b)

March 5, 2009
10:09 AM

Post #6223849

Thanks Dave - that seems to accord with pendula (though the fruits range from yellowish to almost red).

H. arborea also has a conspicuous aril on the seed, which the depicted plant seems not to, and that also accords with H. pendula.
cocoloba
St John's
Antigua and Barbuda
(Zone 10a)

July 11, 2009
1:35 PM

Post #6805856

I believe it is Pendula - I was just given a seed by my neighbour and was amazed at how quickley it is growing.

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