prickly pod fruit or vegetable on vine?

jane_socal(Sunset 23/z10)September 15, 2008

Not even a group of master gardeners could identify what this thin-skinned pod is (a fruit? a vegetable?). The pod felt spongy or airy, not firm underneath like a lychee (for instance) would be.

Anyone have a clue what it is?

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It appears to me to be the Soursop aka Annona muricata, commonly known in the trade as prickly custard apple.Should be a small tree and not a vine. Fruits make a wonderful banana/pineapple -tasting sorbet. Should we bring a spoon? ;-)

    Bookmark   September 15, 2008 at 8:37PM
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Central_Cali369(Sunset Z9, Fresno, CA)

I'm sorry that i don't know what it is, buy i just want to point out that it is definately not an Annona. The leaves give it away. There are several different types of annonas that grow wild on my grandma's property in El Salvador (A. Squamosa, Reticulata, Muricata, Lutescens), so i know what the leaves and fruit look like.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2008 at 1:34PM
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I think a Matalea. There are a few species; some have spiny pods and leaves that look just like that.


    Bookmark   September 18, 2008 at 3:04PM
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I have no idea but if it's a Matalea a milky sap should run if you break off a leaf. Here's a link to pics of one variety of Matalea. It's not the same as your pic but there are similarities.

Here is a link that might be useful: matalea

    Bookmark   September 19, 2008 at 9:21AM
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SusanC(9b/10a Sunset 17)

I think it is Clytostoma callistegioides, violet trumpet vine. Here is a pic of the seed pod.

Here is a link that might be useful: Clytostoma callistegioides, violet trumpet vine

    Bookmark   September 19, 2008 at 10:40AM
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jane_socal(Sunset 23/z10)

Thanks to all who responded--I think Susan's right. Maybe we just don't see the pods often enough on the vine to identify them easily, but the ones in the links look just like the ones I saw.

The Annonas have leathery skin and a more solid feel than this did. It makes sense that it would have feathery seeds inside rather than something with high water content. The only photos I could find of Matelea seed pods online didn't have leaves that looked like this, or the same shape and texture.

Again, thank you all for responding--this forum is terrific!

    Bookmark   September 19, 2008 at 8:27PM
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I would love to try that vine Clytostoma callistegioides, violet trumpet vine looks really cool.
spiney pod and all LOL


    Bookmark   November 19, 2008 at 8:14PM
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