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Discussion in 'Plants and Biodiversity Stumpers' started by wcutler, Aug 26, 2011.

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    wcutler Renowned Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    I think this is legal. Are there rules? I know what it is.

    I found this today, but not in this form, and now I've destroyed the original thing. I hope it takes you a few days to get this so I have time to go get another one.
     

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    Silver surfer Contributor 10 Years

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    Cornus?
    Maybe Cornus nuttallii.
     
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    Ron B Esteemed Contributor 10 Years

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    I'd say Kousa.
     
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    wcutler Renowned Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Not Cornus at all.
     
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    Ron B Esteemed Contributor 10 Years

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    Yes, actually it looks like a magnolia fruit. I have opened more than a few of these myself.

    If that's what it is.
     
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    wcutler Renowned Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Yes, it is magnolia. There seem to be a lot of different shapes. Is it worth my extending the quiz to which species? If you've opened them, Ron, I suppose you know which one. I'm assuming the cultivars look the same in the same species, so just the cultivar will do.

    This is more a research question now, since it should be obvious why I know which one it is.
     
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    Don't you mean "just the species will do"? I'm thinking cucumber magnolia.
     
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    wcutler Renowned Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Yes, I do mean just the species will do. I'll have to hire you to do my writing for me. Or stop writing in the morning.

    And it's not cucumbertree.
     
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    wcutler Renowned Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Here's a scale hint. The circumference of one I have at home right now, which you haven't seen yet, is 7cm. Does that make the diameter around 2.2cm? The one I posted was skinnier than that, probably less than 1.5cm in diameter.
     
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    How about Magnolia grandiflora, as the fruit can easily reach the size you described (and larger, to 8" long X 2-3" wide, according to my mom's pics from Virginia) and it ripens through September. So, at the end of August it would be plump and full of juicy, almost ripened seeds. By mid-late September, the seed pods pop the neon, fire orange seeds out of slits in the cone-like or aggregate fruit formation. If you are in the lower mainland, commonly available)varieties would be Edith Bogue, Brower's Brown (I think), Little Gem, Victoria, and another one I can't remember right now... When I first saw the fruit of a Magnolia, I was immediately impressed with the vibrancy, shocked by the oddity, and ensnared by timeless wonders that inhabit our island in the vastness of space....;}
    I could be wrong though!?
     

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