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help with tree identification

Posted by achnatherum z5 Ontario (My Page) on
Sun, Mar 18, 07 at 11:20

I am useless when it comes to identifying tropical trees.
Any help would be appreciated!
This tree was photographed in the Caribbean (Antigua) by a friend of mine. I would have guessed something in the Bombacaceae family but the fruit is such a strange shape.

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RE: help with tree identification

Barringtonia asiatica, I think. The fruit is a common driftseed on beaches, sometimes found way outside the tropics.

RE: help with tree identification

Thanks so much! I would say that you are 100% correct.
We just saw a tree in Costa Rica that had 'similar' flowers - I was thinking that they might be related so ... I was heading off in completely the wrong direction.

Mystery solved, thanks again!

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