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Asian berry bush?

Posted by Rayzorimages 10a (My Page) on
Fri, Dec 6, 13 at 2:13

I recently bought my home from a divorcee. His ex-wife collected asian fruit trees. He told me she is from Southern Thailand as are many of the fruit trees on the property. At this point, I have identified all but this one. The flowers start out white and turn to burgundy red then produce a white berry. I do not know if the berry changes color as the iguanas eat them all before they fully mature. Any ideas? Thanks for any tips!

-Ray


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It looks like something in the Euphorbiaceae to me. Some sort of Sauropus?

Here's a key:
http://www.nationaalherbarium.nl/ThaiEuph/ThSspecies/ThSauropus.htm#Sauropus

This post was edited by missingtheobvious on Fri, Dec 6, 13 at 10:14


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Many thanks to you MissingTheObvious! I searched the word "Sauropus" as you suggested and BAM! There it is! I am surprised to find out that it's new growth are cooked like asparagus! It appears that this plant is specifically Sauropus androgynus.

Thank you again!

-Ray


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Glad to help, Ray. (As it happens, it was pure luck....)

Sauropus apparently lacks the latex sap common to most Euphorbs, which can cause problems in some folks -- sometimes severe. But if you have any weird problems after handling it, trimming it, or eating it, ask the doctors to look up Sauropus on the web.


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