Thursday, October 06, 2011


Hmmmm ... now who could this be?
Odd ... this picture reminds me I still need to get Bear fixed.
This MysTree was growing right at the water's edge as I kayaked the Waccasassa and Wekiva last weekend.

When I sliced one open, it looked like this.

One of the shrubby trees still had it's leaves about it. They are pictured above.
Who is it?


Anonymous said...


tai haku said...

'Tis a buckeye but which one? I guess the native options your way would be red or bottlebrush?

Yellow buckeye fruit ripening on our bush now - will have to try and grow a few on. this some sort of American Football thing that I don't get?

Sayre said...

I was thinking a tung tree... Looks like the "fruits" of a tung.

Misti said...

I was going to go with Paw Paw...but only a guess.

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Looking at the outside skin & shape, it has the appearence of a pear. Cut open, it's similiar to an avocado(meaning testicle--> poor Bear) w/little meat & an extra large seed. But could it be a Paw Paw as Misti mentioned? I've never seen a Florida Paw Paw and am waiting for Julie to open one of hers!!

Thunder Dave said...

I thought it sort of looked like an avacado, with it split open.

Anonymous said...

I'm with thunder dave. Sure looks like avocado, but so very little flesh. Tried rooting avocado seeds with little success. Roots developed but seedling could not pop out the top and it began to rot. Ugh.
kc's momadness

Anonymous said...

It is a buckeye but I don't know which species. Paw paws have smaller black seeds in them and have more flesh surrounding the seeds.

Kaybe said...

Could it be a wild lychee nut?

Anonymous said...

Looks like a Buckeye!

We have one right outside our kitchen windows. The inner seed thingy will shrink & darken a bit as it dries. According to my hubby, keeping a buckeye (just thing single inner seed thingy) in your pocket will bring good luck. I have my doubts. And personally, I think the unopened fruits look rather, how shall I word this... um, like a scrotum. * hahaha! So thats what we call our little shrub ...a scrotum tree. *sorry!*


lisa said...

Being as I don't live in Florida, I have noooooo idea.

Julie Zickefoose said...

Boy, I was going to say yellow buckeye, but it looks so tropical, too, with the fruit hanging on bare branches like that.

Dude. Bear is still trotting around with his jewels? Seems like old times, when we all had entire males running around and only females got fixed...I can sympathize. I had a devil of a time screwing up my courage to get Chet fixed. Why mess with perfection?

There's a tree in Guatemala they call "bull's balls" that looks an awful lot like this, but when the parrots tear into it there's a lot of sticky goopy flesh.

My buckeye guess is lame. And after all, this is Florida. And I am highly amused at all the cross pollination between our blogs and the pawpaw guesses. Pfft! I hope YOU know what it is!

Julie Zickefoose said...

Oh, and I got your pawpaw seeds. Each one individually sucked clean by a possum.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Yep, I too think it looks like some sort of buckeye. I have a shrub in my garden that is a buckeye. Heck, I don't even know which one it is but the fruit pods look a lot like this.

Floridacracker said...

It appears to be red buckeye, a native of the southeast. I have only seen it in the shrubby form and only flowering, not fruiting before seeing these small trees.
I think the size and the unusual fruits were what threw me at first.
Every red buckeye I've ever found must have been just a sapling starting out, so I wasn't expecting dogwood sized trees with "nuggets" hanging from the branches.
... Julie, Bear is due and soon. The vet said 3 is a perfect time. I think his teenage human brother has finally accepted that this is a good idea.
We're getting a microchip implanted in him at the same time.
Snip, snip, chip, chip.

LaDivaCucina said...

I always learn something about my adopted state when I come here for a visit, FC! LOL to the snip snip chip chip! Thanks for being a responsible parent!

edifice rex said...

Personally, I like fixed males; they're a lot less trouble...Ha!!! *ahem*
Anyway, I was going to say that the leaves look like our horse chestnut.