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Another tree from Buskett - Cottony fruit!

Posted: Mon May 21, 2007 12:29 pm
by MWP admin
Another tree at Buskett which I can't Identify. Photos gives all details except the fresh flowers. Seems that it has spikes of very inconspicuous flowers. The fruit looks like a flock of cotton and so I named the images as the cotton tree.

Help appreciated

Posted: Mon May 21, 2007 5:16 pm
by robcar
Boq - the leaves look very much like Pistacia lentiscus

Posted: Wed May 23, 2007 10:04 pm
by MWP admin
It's not pistaccia unfort. I double checked that I am taking photo of the leaves of the same plant. I attach a photo of inflorescence and similar leaves on same branch to remove any doubt.

JP, GH, RB... any :idea: :?: :?:

This is found near Wied il-Luq (right hand side if walking towards Siggiewi) some 100m before the spring water/ D. kaki. I may be wrong but there are dozens of tehm in the same spot. Trees 3-4 m high (but several young ones and middle-grown ones)

I thought its an easy one!

Posted: Thu May 24, 2007 9:23 am
by RB
Are you 100% sure the fluff belongs to that plant.

Posted: Thu May 24, 2007 10:38 am
by MWP admin
I've been asking this question to myself several times too! I don't make these mistakes, but I am human being!

It could be that the trees are dioceous and there are the male spikes and the fluffy fruit on the females.

Seems that I have to recheck. I await Miranda to wake up...
PS: soon to be launched: www.mirandamifsud.com (you can check the preview now)

Posted: Thu May 24, 2007 11:05 am
by RB
that is 101% lentiscus and that fluff I have no idea.

Posted: Thu May 24, 2007 11:52 am
by MWP admin
RB / Robcar i am leaning towards your suggestion too... :oops: but there is always a but :!: .

I'll recheck the jungle and come again with more photos.

PS: Could it be some insect making the fluffy silk around a part of the Pistaccia ? I am not noticing any truee solid seeds in the fluff :?:

Posted: Thu May 24, 2007 2:04 pm
by jackpot
hmmm...
this spring I have lost my ear dabber (piece of cotton wool) in Buskett...
I [-o<that>
However- I will have a look (may be together?) in the last week of June!

Posted: Thu May 24, 2007 3:14 pm
by MWP admin
I dont think you have such a big ear! That piece will suit a donkey's ear. Welcome back JP :cheers:

Posted: Thu May 24, 2007 6:22 pm
by jackpot
my ears are large enough

Posted: Thu May 24, 2007 8:39 pm
by MWP admin
In that case that ear would need the whole tree :P

Miranda is happy because we are headed for Buskett tomorrow morning (instead of today) to solve the mystery. I am very afraid to have to report "sorry the fruit belonged to another tree! " :banghead: (but I was sure that I followed the tree branch well!)

CU tomorrow

Posted: Sat May 26, 2007 4:07 pm
by MWP admin
Finally, I can tell you the secret of this post.

As you correctly said, the tree where the cotton-pappus is not Pistaccia lentiscus, which had numerous catcins hanging on it (as if it where growing from it :-D ) from a higher tree.

So, shall I say what is the name of the tree that produces such fruit (as in pic below sitting on an Ulmus leaf) or you should try to guess? (space for a mini quiz !)

The leaf is not part of the tree in question.

Posted: Sun May 27, 2007 10:03 am
by jackpot
A Pop(u)lar
:lol:

Posted: Sun May 27, 2007 5:16 pm
by MWP admin
Exactly!

It was fruit of the Popolus alba, which I had never dared to observe