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Discussion in 'Plants: Identification' started by Silver surfer, Apr 18, 2022.

  1. Silver surfer

    Silver surfer Generous Contributor 10 Years

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    I think this may be one for Lila.
    Seen 3 years ago in Ecuador.

    I saw this shrub on Isla de la Plata. Ecuador.
    Part of Machalilla National Park.

    A shrub with round ball seed pods and glorious green square stems.
    I have written to 2 botanists who specialise in Ecuador flora, but not received any reply.

    I have worked very hard to try and id this myself. ..but I am not a botanist, just a keen amateur.
    I loved those green square stems so interesting

    To me the globose /spherical heads of flowers on stalks remind me of a 3 shrubs/trees.
    Button bush ..............Cephalanthus...... ..............in Rubiaceae...however leaves always seem to be opposite.
    Paper mulberry.........Broussonetia......................in Moraceae.....leaves are alternate.
    London Plane tree ...Platanus x hispanicain .... in Platanaceae..I discounted these as they are just North hemisphere.
    Broussonetia so far seems to be leading in the right direction.

    In i naturalist I found Broussonetia kazinoki...in Ecuador. But there is very little on www about it.
    Broussonetia kazinoki ยท iNaturalist Ecuador

    Someone in the world will surely recognise my mystery shrub/tree.

    Any help would be much appreciated.
     

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  2. Daniel Mosquin

    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    What about Urticaceae? They occasionally have globose fruits like that, and often have square stems.
     
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    Silver surfer Generous Contributor 10 Years

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    All suggestions accepted.
    I will investigate.
    Thanks Daniel.
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Broussonetia with immature fruit was my first thought; from eastern Asia but widely cultivated and locally naturalised in subtropical regions.
     
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    Silver surfer Generous Contributor 10 Years

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    That was also my first thought.
    But...I cannot find any with square stems.
    Mystery plant seems to have glands on the leaf axils.

    I really want to be sure I label my pics accurately.
     

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