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What Kind of Palm Tree Has Artichoke-like Fruit?

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What kind of palm tree has artichoke-like fruit? Trying to figure out what it is. Comes from a palm tree in central FL (Sarasota area). – Alicia

Screw Pine Fruit

Flower Shop Network Plant Expert:

Because I am not completely familiar with Florida palm trees, I contacted the Plant Sciences Department of the University of Florida to confirm it’s identification. Here is what they said,  “Looks like the fruit of a Screw Pine which is not a pine (Pinus) it is in the genus Pandanus.”   The Pandanus genus are palm-like shrubs (although not closely related to palms). Hope this information is helpful. Please let me know if I can help with anything else.

Identification of an Interesting Red Seed Pod

Ask The Plant Expert: Can you help me ID this
Recent trip to a nature center here in Conyers, GA I photographed this plant/flower and would like to know its name.
Thanks very much. Russ

Plant Expert Reply: I believe the plant is an Euonymus americanus (Strawberry Bush). Native to the United States, this perennial shrub can grow from 6-12ft in height. If you want to grow a Strawberry Bush in your own yard you will need the following:

A part-shade exposure – grows best in light shade
A moist soil – although with proper watering can be grown in dry soils
Needs high amount of water – can be used in swampy areas

Strawberry Bush grows well in the following states – AL, AR, DC, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MD, MO, MS, NC, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV.

This plant, also, goes by Brook euonymus, Hearts-a-burstin, Bursting-heart, Wahoo and is in the bittersweet family.

I hope this information was helpful.

Did you know that a local Conyers GA Florist can create an arrangement that simulates the unique elements of the seed pod?

What Plant Has A Long Seed Pod, Tear-shaped Seeds & Yellow Flowers?

Ask the Expert: what type of plant is this
It has a mimosa type leaf system. Yellow flowers.Triangular seeds. see pictures. Tom

Flower Shop Network Plant Expert reply:
From your description and the pictures above, I believe the plant is a type of Cassia. It is probably a Cassia alata – Senna alata, commonly referred to a Emperor’s Candlesticks. This plant is a tropical plant hardy in zone 10-12 and native to Argentina. It requires full-sun and regular to moderate watering and a need for good drainage. It produces golden yellow flowers late summer to autumn followed by seed pods that can range from 6″ to 12″ in length.

Cassia is a genus of over 500 species of annuals and perennials as well as deciduous, semi-evergreen and evergreen shrubs.  Most of which have pinnate leaves and loosely bowl-shaped flowers. Most Cassia are tropical and need warmer climates.

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What Is This Plant With Strange Claw-like Seed Pod

Ask the Expert: what is this plant?

I have a plant that came up beside my deck and I have asked several people and no one has been able to help me. I’ve attached several photos of the plant. I’d greatly appreciate any help you can give me. Thanks so much. T

Flower Shop Network Plant Expert Reply:

What you have is Proboscidea louisianica. It is commonly called unicorn plant, common devil’s claw, ram’s horn. It is often found in the open plains of tropical North, Central and South America.

The Devil’s Claw produces funnel-shaped, creamy white-purplish flowers with reddish purple and marked yellow within the throats. After the plant blooms crested, boat-shaped fruit (seed pods) will follow. The fruit can be dried and used in winter arrangements.

This plant can be found in the following states: AL, AR, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA, WV, WY). It can be found in the following provinces of Canada: ON, SK

As with many plants – one man’s precious flower is another man’s noxious weed. In Indiana this plant is listed as a threatened and endangered plant. However, Washington would love to eradicate this noxious weed.

It isn’t a plant you would want to grow if you have small children or pets. The plant has a unpleasant smell and a resinous slime that you can’t easily wash off.  The seed pods as they dry become a problem. They will snag on to one’s skin or clothing and hang on.  Gnats, small flies and beetles are attracted to the plant, but much to their detriment.

What Is This Unusual Tree Found In Arkansas

Ask the Expert: What is this tree with strange fruit?

We found this tree on our new land in Arkansas and have no idea what it is, can you help us? Debbie

Flower Shop Network Plant Expert Reply:
The tree looked familiar to me, but I couldn’t quite identify it. So I turned to Neal Adams and my good friend Janet Carson (with the Arkansas Extension Service) and both believe it is a royal paulownia tree–Paulownia tomentosa.  This tree is sometimes called Royal Empress.

Janet, also, told me that they produce spikes of purple flowers in the spring followed by these woody seed capsules. When the seeds pop open they scatter seeds all over and you will find some of the most amazing sized leaves ever. They are a regular jack in the beanstalk plant when young. They bloomed the best (and at a younger age) this year than I have ever seen.

Identification Of A Seed Pod From St. Croix

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St. Croix seed pod ID
I found this 18″ pod in St. Croix.  Pictured is the inside & outside.  Before it split open there were seeds in each of the little compartments and made a great rattle.

Delonix regia Seed Pod

Delonix regia Seed Pod

Can anyone ID it?  Thanks. John

Flower Shop Network Plant Expert Reply:

This seed pod was unfamiliar to me so I contacted David M. Hamada, the
Horticultural Director at the St. George Village Botanical Garden.  Here is his reply:

I have been traveling so sorry for the delay in responding. The seed pod is from Delonix regia, locally known as Flamboyant, known in other areas as Royal Poinciana. It is native to Madagascar, but very commonly found here in the Caribbean.

Royal Poinciana or Flamboyant Tree

Royal Poinciana or Flamboyant Tree

The Delonix regia is a flowering tree with fern-like leaves and very vivid red/orange/yellow flowers. It is a wildly cultivated ornamental tree.

This semi-evergreen tree will be deciduous in areas with long dry seasons. It requires a tropical or near tropical climate. You can find it in Caribbean, Africa, Hong Kong, the Canary Islands, Thailand, Taiwan and southern China. In the United States, you can find it South Florida, Southwest Florida, the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas, ranging from the low deserts of Southern Arizona (to as high as Tucson), Southern California. It can also be found in Hawaii, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

In South Florida, it blooms May through June. In the Caribbean, it blooms May through September.

According to Wikipedia,  the seed pods are used as a percussion instrument known as the shak-shak or maraca.

Interesting Bloom Is A Poppy

Ask the Expert: What is this?
We moved into an already landscaped home a couple of years ago. I have always thought this was a thistle and pulled it, not thinking twice about it.  This year it escaped me and this is what we have? It looks like a thistle but it is not prickly, the stems are “hairy” but soft. After it started blooming it shed it’s “pods”. The leaves look almost like crepe paper. They are truly beautiful if it is a thistle!  Do you have any ideas? Suzie

Flower Shop Network Plant Expert Reply:

The plant you have is a type of a poppy.  I believe it is an Oriental Poppy ( Papaver orientale “Allegro”), but just from a picture it is hard to tell which poppy it is. The Oriental Poppies are clump-forming perennials that spread and bloom late spring to mid-summer.  It is very similar to the corn poppy or field poppy ( Papaver rhoeas) which happens to be the Memorial Day Flower.

Although similar in looks it is not a California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica) which is the state flower of California.

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Mysterious Southern Illinois Seed Pod

Milkvine Seed Pod

Milkvine Seed Pod

Ask the Expert: What is this mysterious pod?
A friend just found these pods in a shrub around her Southern Illinois house.  Each pod is about four inches long.  Any clue as to what they are???  Suzanne

Plant Expert Reply:

This seed pod stumped me.  It looked familiar, yet not enough for me to make an identification.  Lucky for me, I knew someone who could help.  I forwarded the picture to Dr Jeremie Fant at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Here is Jeremie’s response:
To me it looks like a milkweed pod but the plant itself seems to be a vine of some type. There is a climbing milkweed species
Funastrum cynanchoides. (http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=FUCYC)  – Not seen one in person but seems plausible.

Another possibility are Matelea spp. There are three species of this genus which is native to Southern counties of Illinois. Not sure I could tell you which the one you have could be but http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=MATEL – but if you click on these maps and then on Illinois it  will tell you which counties they are native to which might help narrow it down.

I think Jeremie is right about it being a type of Matelea because Funastrum is not native to Illinois.  I think it is either a Matelea gonocarpos (angular fruit milkvine or a Matelea obliqua (climbing milkvine).

Thanks, Jeremie for pointing me in the right direction.

Suzanne, hope this identification helps. Sorry it took so long.

What Is This 1 Inch Seed Pod I Found In Barcelona?

Ask the Expert: Help ID”ing seed pod

Cyrpess Seed Pod

Cyrpess Seed Pod

I picked up this 1″ seed pod in Barcelona a year ago.  It was closed up then.  Since then it opened, dropping out about 50 3mm flattened seeds.  Any idea? Mary

Plant Expert Reply:

Once again Rick Pudwell, at the Memphis Botanic Garden, has saved the day. I just couldn’t identify this seed pod.  It seems to be some kind of cypress seed pod.  It could be from a Montezuma cypress (Taxodium mucronatum).

Just a little side note.  Although Montezuma cypress are drought tolerant, they usulaly grow along side rivers or springs.  One of the oldest trees in Madrid is a Taxodium mucronatum found in the Buen Retiro Park.