Friday, October 25, 2013
At first I saw poof of stuff and thought it might be a nest for some sort of bugs, or that it was a tree parasite. But looking at others, it's the opened pod of seeds, it seems. And the trunks of some of them had bumps, and some bumps were like thorns, but some had a hole (like a boil that had been popped) and some parts were smoother, and some trees had more bumps.
I had never seen anything like any of it.
The blossoms reminded me a bit of the redbud tree people identified for me last year.
Most blew up round and fluffy, but this one looked like fingers, or teats on an udder.
Karen James and Zann Carter both knew, or found it.
Thanks, Karen and Zann! That's it. Google said (on the side bar of a search)
The silk floss tree, is a species of deciduous tree native to the tropical and subtropical forests of South America. It has a host of local common names, such as palo borracho. It belongs to the same family as the baobab and the kapok.
Scientific name: Ceiba speciosa
Higher classification: Ceiba
Sunday, April 7, 2013
This year it's five feet high with lots of blossoms. Last year it had its first blossom and was 3.5' tall. Last year: http://helpwithmysterythings.blogspot.com/2012/04/volunteer-tree-my-back-yard.html and on facebook:
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Now I need to find the photo. I looked through all my facebook entries in early 2012 and didn't see it. In India, in the housing society where Pushpa lives, there was landscaping, and there were long areas full of that plant, right outside. So last summer (2012) I planted some outside in the planter outside our room (SW of the hot tub, north of the lilacs) and it was very happy. I expect the winter will have killed it, but I have some more inside the house.
Here it is: