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Please I.D. a Tree

Posted by Deeby 9b (My Page) on
Tue, May 6, 14 at 17:26

When I was a child in the early 1960's, in southern California, there was a tree up the street from my Grandma's house that dropped large pods on the sidewalk. The pods were hard, dry or dried out, shaped like a canoe, dark brown and about three inches long. The pods were open, like a canoe's inside. They hurt when stepped on with bare feet. I think there was yellowish fiber-y stuff on the inside but I'm not sure.

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RE: Please I.D. a Tree


Here is a link that might be useful: Brachychiton populneus

RE: Please I.D. a Tree

That's kind of it, but the pod was darker and hard, like a Brazil nut. Usually the pods were empty. Any other ideas?

RE: Please I.D. a Tree

Now that I think of it, that may be the one. I Googled and that tree, though a native of Australia, is used as an ornamental in California, and prefers heat and clay soil which is what conditions were in my grandmother's neighborhood. Maybe the mystery is solved ! Thanks !

RE: Please I.D. a Tree

Often Brachy species seed pods hang on the tree for a long time before falling. Sometimes at least till the next year's flowering, and when the trees flower they are often bare or semi-bare of leaves here, which makes it look like they are on flame but inhabited by lots of tiny black bats! By the time the remaining pods fall, the seed has usually disappeared either from shrinking and falling out, or having been eaten by insects. But that furry (and irritatingly stingy) yellow pod lining sometimes remains.

RE: Please I.D. a Tree

What I remember most was running up the sidewalk barefoot and coming down hard on a pod. OUCH.

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