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Wildfood.info • View topic - Does any one know what this might be?
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Does any one know what this might be?

PostPosted: February 2nd, 2017, 10:34 am
by Zosherooney
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This was in Dubrovnik in June... We thought it very unusual.

Re: Does any one know what this might be?

PostPosted: February 2nd, 2017, 10:42 am
by suffolk
I'm not good at exotic flowering shrubs so I've put your photo on the GW forum for an ID :)

Re: Does any one know what this might be?

PostPosted: February 2nd, 2017, 11:20 am
by suffolk
Here you are Zosh

"Erythrina crista-galli. Native to South America. Needs the protection of a warm sunny wall to survive to any consistent height. Frosts will knock it back but it will regrow if the crown survives."

Re: Does any one know what this might be?

PostPosted: February 2nd, 2017, 11:30 am
by Zosherooney
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Thanks Suff, it's nice to know what you are looking at.... trying to post another one.......

This one was in the UK in late summer, the long tendrils were part of the shrub too. Hope you feel better soon Suff.

Re: Does any one know what this might be?

PostPosted: February 2nd, 2017, 12:39 pm
by suffolk
It has been suggested that this is a Pecan tree?

Re: Does any one know what this might be?

PostPosted: February 2nd, 2017, 4:14 pm
by StokeySue

Re: Does any one know what this might be?

PostPosted: February 2nd, 2017, 5:34 pm
by suffolk
The GW member said that pecan wax only a tentative suggestion although he thinks the flowers look right. That's the only suggestion they've come up with so far.

Re: Does any one know what this might be?

PostPosted: February 2nd, 2017, 10:45 pm
by Zosherooney
The leaves on your pikkie Sue are quite walnutty, the leaves on my specimen were much lighter in weight and delicate. Still interested to know what it might be.

Re: Does any one know what this might be?

PostPosted: February 3rd, 2017, 8:58 am
by suffolk
I've done a bit more searching - have a look at Pterocarya x rehderiana and see what you think.

Re: Does any one know what this might be?

PostPosted: February 3rd, 2017, 9:31 am
by StokeySue
That looks a bit more like the racemes to me- pecan catkins are quite dense and fluffy looking, proper catkins, but these are kind of stringy

Pterocarya -Wingnut in English :D

Still in the juglans (walnut) family

Re: Does any one know what this might be?

PostPosted: February 4th, 2017, 9:12 pm
by Zosherooney
Blimey - I realise I now nothing !!!!Thank you my learned fiends. :luv: :luv:

Re: Does any one know what this might be?

PostPosted: October 19th, 2017, 6:11 am
by Zosherooney
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I picked this is Spain recently, about the size of an avocado but spongey with a milky white sap. The plant was a vine type of growth.

Suff. you are good at this type of thing ????

Re: Does any one know what this might be?

PostPosted: October 19th, 2017, 6:16 am
by Zosherooney
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This was a giant radish - nearly a foot long !!!! Never seen one like this before ...... Also from Spain...

Re: Does any one know what this might be?

PostPosted: October 19th, 2017, 6:44 am
by smitch
Looks like a guava to me but I'm no expert.

Re: Does any one know what this might be?

PostPosted: October 19th, 2017, 6:52 am
by Suelle

Re: Does any one know what this might be?

PostPosted: October 19th, 2017, 4:07 pm
by StokeySue
The radishes are sometimes available in the UK Zosh
Guavas grow on small trees, not vines, and seldom get much bigger than an egg

Guava tree, those I have seen look just like this
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Is it a cho cho (chayote), a kind of squash, though those are usually crisp, not spongy

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chayote

Re: Does any one know what this might be?

PostPosted: October 19th, 2017, 7:47 pm
by Badger's mate
I thought they might be chayote, but read that they only had one seed inside

Re: Does any one know what this might be?

PostPosted: October 19th, 2017, 9:56 pm
by Mamta
The pear like fruit looks a lot like Choyote, a tasty vegetable, which also grows on a vine like plant. You can buy it at many Asian grocers and some supermarkets. I love it!

Re: Does any one know what this might be?

PostPosted: October 20th, 2017, 5:54 am
by Zosherooney
Thanks everyone for your input. I love it when you come across something different and new and finding out how they 'work' both in the garden and the kitchen.

Re: Does any one know what this might be?

PostPosted: October 23rd, 2017, 11:28 am
by Zosherooney
Having looked at a chayote, I am not sure and my sample had lots of individual small seeds not one in the middle ?

Re: Does any one know what this might be?

PostPosted: October 23rd, 2017, 1:31 pm
by StokeySue
I must admit that I'd forgotten chayote has a single seed, I think it could be another member of the squash / melon / cucumber family which do tend to have multiple seeds

Re: Does any one know what this might be?

PostPosted: October 23rd, 2017, 2:31 pm
by suffolk
A friend on the Gardener's World forum has replied as follows ...

"I think that is Arauja sericifera - it is quite common in Spain and known as the Cruel plant because the flowers ( pink and white ) tempt bees and then close round them until they have pollinated the flower.

It is semi hardy in parts of UK.

I first grew it from T & M seeds in the UK way back in the '90s but have since had it in most of my gardens without a problem. ... "


https://hartley-botanic.co.uk/magazine/ ... uel-plant/

Re: Does any one know what this might be?

PostPosted: October 23rd, 2017, 2:51 pm
by suffolk
Another suggestion is Custard apple, but it doesn't look like it to me and I think Zosh would recognise one of those.

Re: Does any one know what this might be?

PostPosted: October 23rd, 2017, 3:12 pm
by StokeySue
Again custard apples grow on trees, and look rather different - the scaliness is distinctive IMO

Arauja sounds possible

Here's custard apple (cherimoya)

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Re: Does any one know what this might be?

PostPosted: October 23rd, 2017, 8:53 pm
by Zosherooney
You have nailed it Suff, you can take a house point !!!! :D Well done that gal ! Not a custard apple, although I did see them in the supermarket over there.

Re: Does any one know what this might be?

PostPosted: October 29th, 2017, 10:28 pm
by Mamta