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12-30-2020, 11:28 AM   #4531
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Yes, they do look different, up close. The ghost gum bark looks chalky, or even painted (to my eye). Interesting. A puzzle, I'll have to see if I can figure it out (unless Noel rides to the rescue...)

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Another guess... "woodland waterberry" or "water pear", Syzygium guineense. Fruit is edible when ripe. Native in several parts of Africa.

I looked up some images of S. guineense. The young trunks look similar, but i did not see nor do the two images I took show the grey-brown flaky texture of the older trunks. However, I think that species is more probable than a Eucalyptus of any kind.

PS: I thought the lenticels on the African tree fairly distinctive in shape and might give a clue or be a marker for identification. They show pretty well on the branch that slants off to the upper left in the most recent image I posted.

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(unless Noel rides to the rescue...)
I usually run away from ghosts, and I'm gonna be consistent here too

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OK, I'll weigh in here. Fever tree or Vachellia xanthophloea. Mistakenly thought that they give you fever associated with malaria. They grow in swampy areas, but as for the fever! Good thing we live in the 21st Century

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QuoteOriginally posted by noelcmn Quote
I usually run away from ghosts, and I'm gonna be consistent here too
No worries, the ghost gums are in Australia, you're safe!

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OK, I'll weigh in here. Fever tree or Vachellia xanthophloea. Mistakenly thought that they give you fever associated with malaria. They grow in swampy areas, but as for the fever! Good thing we live in the 21st Century

I think you may have nailed it, Noel!

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QuoteOriginally posted by OrchidJulie Quote
No worries, the ghost gums are in Australia, you're safe!

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I think you may have nailed it, Noel!
AMEN! Vachellia xanthophloea I just GOOGLED images and that is definitely the tree in the images I posted. I wasn't anywhere near the "..Great Grey-Green Greasy Limpopo River..." where such trees all set about, but it was my memory of the tale of the elephant's child that made seeing them special.

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Sunsets and sometimes sunrises, more irresistible to a Pentaxian than a hibiscus in full bloom.

And that is a beautiful image. The lacy branches are wonderful in silhouette.
Thanks very much!
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Not exactly a tree -- they aren't woody at all -- but interesting... a variegated banana

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A couple from this morning. one at 420mm, one at 15mm



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As an experiment I did a multi image stack of this tree, taking a series of horizontal shots as I panned up. It stitched together well, and I posted it on this thread several years ago, but it really doesn't look much better than this single WA image.
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As an experiment I did a multi image stack of this tree, taking a series of horizontal shots as I panned up. It stitched together well, and I posted it on this thread several years ago, but it really doesn't look much better than this single WA image.
Very interesting! Is it a rainbow eucalyptus? Next time we get over to the botanical garden I want to try to get an image of the one they have there. Amazing tree.
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Very interesting! Is it a rainbow eucalyptus? Next time we get over to the botanical garden I want to try to get an image of the one they have there. Amazing tree.
I don't think I recorded the species, even though the tree was in an arboretum in the Azores. I try to photograph labels when available, especially in museums where I do a lot of object-photography. I did see and photograph rainbow eucalyptus at a botanic garden on Trinidad. That was in the Film Era and I think I've already posted a scan of the trunk-detail image. but I'll look for it and perhaps repost here. Getting back to the current image, the tree is less colorful than rainbow eucalyptus, and the bark isn't peeling off in long vertical strips, but as always with plants, I could be wrong. My daughter would be annoyed if I were wrong with yet another easy identification.
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