Anyone know a good place to post questions about identifying trees? I
know this is not the right one, but it's one of the few newsgroups where
people actually hang out.
It look a lot like this ficus but it doesn't fit all the specs....
We had a local Gerdening Center employee volunteer to come out and look
around. He gave me common names and latin names for plants I only
described over the telephone. What he could do in person must be awesome.
Also, the right price, free.
Forgot about that one, they have the 'dangly thingies' as seed pods.
The landscaper identified the bushes around here as 'brittle bushes' seems
the gum is used to make gum [I'll bet it's that Yucatan flavored gum,
which my grandmother liked, unbelievable, icch!], the Indians used to chew
it and use it for gluing arrow heads onto the shafts. ...I can account for
how sticky that stuff is, too! Seems the bushes have a natural poison that
retards other plants growing around them, yep, it's bare around them.
Amazing all the uses the local fauna have for these bushes. The bush has a
bright yellow flowering. Bees/wasps even hummingbirds go after the nectar,
and some birds eat the flowers directly. Or, eat the seed pods after they
bulge. After seeds drop, the birds flock around the bases pecking away.
Bet the chipmunks get in there too. The rabbits chew on something under
there and even the lizards use the bushes as cover from hawks and eagles.
And of course the occasional rattlesnake likes to snooze in the shade
under them. Can't believe how alive this 'desert' is.
Trees are in So Calif. Guessing the ages are from 2-10 years. Largest
ones are 10-12 inch diameter at the base. No white sap here except me.
This one turned out to be Carrotwood.
Common Names: Carrot Wood, Tuckeroo, Beach Tamarind, Green-Leaved
Tamarind Native To: Australia
Cupaniopsis anacardioides, with common names tuckeroo, carrotwood, beach
tamarind and green-leaved tamarind, is a species of flowering tree in
the soapberry family, Sapindaceae, that is native to eastern and
northern Australia. The usual habitat is littoral rainforest on sand or
near estuaries. The range of natural distribution is from Seven Mile
Beach, New South Wales (34.8° S) to Queensland, northern Australia and
New Guinea. C. anacardioides is an invasive species in some parts of the
United States, primarily Florida and Hawaii. -- Wikipedia
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