Interesting angles.

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  1. Silver surfer

    Silver surfer Contributor 10 Years

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    Seen in the mega disappointing Botanical garden in Mauritius.
    Err they forgot to label 98% of the trees.

    This caught my eye because of the angle of the seed pods...see pic 4.
    A helpful expert has suggested sausage tree but the leaves on this were simple not pinnate so I ruled it out.



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    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Hey, I got one! Swartzia. I looked up fabaceae longest leaf petioles, and found a drawing.
    I will leave the species to you to figure out. I have never seen one of these.
     
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    Silver surfer Contributor 10 Years

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    Thanks for trying to help....appreciated.
    Need to check this suggestion out.
    Surely it is the flowering parts with the long petioles.
    It is the claw like 90 degree bend I find interesting...see pic 4.
     
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    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Your last photo shows leaves with really long stems (petioles). The Swartzia pix I found showed those bent fruit stems. Here is one:
    Swartzia simplex var. ochnacea
     
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    Silver surfer Contributor 10 Years

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    I sent an e mail to SSR Botanical garden for this one...just got a reply.
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    "Dear Madam,
    Refer to the mail below regarding the above subject.

    The name is : Steriphoma paradoxum

    Submitted for your kind information.

    Regards
    The Management"
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    I wish we had seen the flowers it looks gorgeous.

    Steriphoma - Wikipedia

    Scientific classification Red_Pencil_Icon.png
    Kingdom: Plantae
    Clade: Angiosperms
    Clade: Eudicots
    Clade: Rosids
    Order: Brassicales
    Family: Capparaceae
    Genus: Steriphoma
     
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    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Wow, not even Fabaceae. Your photos show pulvini at the base of the leaf petioles, a feature of fabaceae, and the first several photos of Steriphoma I saw do not seem to show that, but I switched to google and am getting more convinced by a few other photos. I'm glad you were able to post a reply.
    Hungary even has it on a stamp, calls it an American wildflower.
    https://l7.alamy.com/zooms/93c98a07...ing-american-wildflower-steriphoma-dtrx4y.jpg
    Guyana does too, but characteristic details are missing.
    http://lvgira.narod.ru/samer/im/guya95_5_8.jpg
     
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    Silver surfer Contributor 10 Years

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    How odd that Hungary features it on a stamp.
    Interesting detective work.
    Thanks wcutler.
     
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    Lila Pereszke Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Wow, maybe I should collect stamps and not botany books... :)
     
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