I can't identify the tree that fell down over my yard. It was about
about 50 feet high, with a very straight trunk with no branches
remaining for the first 25 feet.
Its "fruit" looks like long strings of grapes, 4 or 5 inches long, 2
or 3 at each level, except they are less than half the size of actual
grapes, they are hard, pointy at the unattached end, with a tiny bit
of red-colored stuff at that end.
When they split open, they let out stuff that's lighter and finer than
cotton, looks a bit like cotton, but they float. It looks even more
like milkweed when it's floating along, except milkweed has a big
seed. This has a really small one.
Any guess what this is?
Regardless, I realize now that this is the stuff that clogs the
screens on my soffits. I have a roof fan that runs up to 12 hours a
day on really hot days, and every 5 years or so, I have had to remove
a layer that is something like felt, or what you take out of your
dryer lint trap. Now that this tree is dead, I doubt I'll have to do
that. There may be another such tree, but I think it is far away.
If no one had identified it by the description, I would have decided
which was less effort, to post a picture** or to take a branch of the
stuff to a garden shop about 10 miles away.
Yeah, but when they get it right from only a description, I'll bet
they feel better than when someone makes it easy.
**Get the camera, take the picture, find the cord to connect the
camera to the computer, copy the picture to the computer, ***find a
picture hosting site, sign up, upload, copy url.
Oh, with a phone: Turn on the Android phone, wait until it turns on,
my phone exits Camera 2 seconds after each picture, but assume that
didn't happen, take the pictures, move them to the computer without
signing up for gmail (I've done it once but I already forget how) then
continue at t he *** in the previous paragraph. I assume phone
pictures are far lower in quality than even a moderately priced
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