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Tough leaves with a spiny tip

Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2008 3:46 pm
by MWP admin
Anothe strange tree which I dont know from where to start. It had long twigs all covered in whorls of leaves which where tough although thin, and wit ha quite spiny ending. Leaves small and at some intervals becomes big.

The set of 3 photos describes better the tree.

Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2008 8:40 pm
by RB
The growth habit / shape counts for a lot to ID a tree - or anything. It's good sometimes to stand back and get a distance shot.

Having seen the tree in person, the shape yells out "Auricaria" but 1) I do not know the species or ever actually tried looking; 2) I may be completely wrong.

But there, you have a start :?

RB

Posted: Sun Feb 03, 2008 1:41 pm
by MWP admin
RB, I am pretty sure you have the Genus right. I have been searching about this one after that good start. The tree was out of shape (!) because a big part of it was without leaves and there was a hanging down branch with these long twigs with leaves.

Anyhow, this link shows more or less the same plant:

http://www.mercedesshop.com/shopforum/s ... p?t=190311

It is Araucaria araucana and forms interesting seed cones

Posted: Mon Feb 04, 2008 9:20 am
by jackpot
no- it is Araucaria bidwillii

Posted: Mon Feb 04, 2008 10:43 am
by Glimbo
Wow! what an amazing looking plant .
Here's a link http://botany.cs.tamu.edu/FLORA/schoepke/arau-b-2.jpg

g 8) [/i]

Posted: Mon Feb 04, 2008 10:45 am
by Glimbo
... to A. bidwillii .....I should have said ...lol g 8)

Posted: Mon Feb 04, 2008 2:05 pm
by RB
Sorry for the "Auricaria" I just can't help writing it the way these trees are referred to (pronounced) in Malta.

Araucaria has not as yet been mentally registered :shock:

Must be the effects of sniffing too much "petlor" hahahaha :-D :-D another Maltese classic :!:

RB

Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2008 8:49 pm
by MWP admin
It happens to all of us :P