Aug 28 2013

Botanical Wednesday: So that’s cauliflory


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    Is that a bonbon tree? Where can I find this wondrous forest of bonbons?

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    Nathaniel Frein

    Is it…edible?

    It looks tasty…

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    Is it…edible?

    Try clicking the link directly under the photo. You’ll find out.

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    What, do you think fruits grow on trees?

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    Nathaniel Frein

    Sigh. Of course I miss the obvious hyperlink under the photo.

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    Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls

    Kinda reminds me of tiger lilies, and they can, however, be propagated through the bulbils (small bulbs) that grow in the axils of the leaves of their bulbs.

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    For those of us in more temperate climates, cauliflory is seen in the redbud (Cercis), a small tree commonly grown for its showy spring flowers, many of which grow directly from the branches and trunk. It’s not usually quite so dramatically cauliflorous, but apparently pruning can have some interesting results.

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    Nice Ogress

    …Are we sure that’s not a shoggoth? Like, really sure?

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    Antiochus Epiphanes

    Wow. New one for me. Thanks.

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    @Nathaniel Frein, not only it is edible, but is very tasty. We call it’s fruits Jabuticaba here in Brazil, and as it is an endemic species, there is a Brazilian slang to call anything that is unique to brazil “uma jabuticaba”.

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    StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    Cheers PZ. Love these posts and that sure is one strange tree.

    @10.evandrofisico : Cheers for your informative comment too. So, what does it taste like may I ask?

    The Myrtaceae family sure covers a wide range of plants – currently studying a TAFE course on native plant identification and really enjoying learning about this area.

    I gather from somewhere that Brazil was actually named after the Brazil nut tree, yes?

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    I’ve always wanted a jaboticaba. Perhaps I’ll restart my thinking on a watering/shading system for my never shortening list of desired tropical fruits for this arid, exposed area. (Though I’m de.light.ed with the progress of our 3-avocado-varieties-planted-in-one-hole arrangement. Seem to have got the shade and water combination right for them. No idea when we’ll get fruit from them though.)

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    F [i'm not here, i'm gone]

    StevoR: for brazilwood, any number of tree species which can be used to produce a red dye, but mostcommonly a Brazilian tree of the pea family.

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    It’s not just edible, it’s *delicious*.

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    And easily made into wine or preserves.

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    Huh. Never seen ticks on a tree before.

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    My grandfather has one of those trees in his ranch. Shit’s delicious, yo.

    (I don’t know if there’s a better word, “ranch” makes it sound bigger than what it actually is. The Portuguese sítio already implies the small, subsistence farming size)

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