Tree query for tropical scholars & enthusiasts

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  1. Jon Buono

    Jon Buono New Member

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    Earlier this year, I was able to visit the Orquideario Soroa, in the forests east of Havana in Cuba.
    I have lost my notes for identifying the tree in attached images and would appreciate any assistance.
    The mature leaves are remarkably large, in excess of 12" square.
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    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    It's Cecropia. I'm less confident about the species name, but maybe Cecropia peltata.
     
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    Jon Buono New Member

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    Wendy,
    Thanks so much for the reference. Once I saw it's common name, the memory connected.
    When I had arrived at my Havana hotel with a leaf, a porter called it "embauba".

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    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Jon, I didn't know the name "embauba". Thanks for the reply with that name. Here's an interesting write-up I found when I queried that:
    Tropical Plant Database File for: Embauba - Cecropia palmata, Cecropia peltata, Cecropia obtusifolia
    It makes it sound like a wonder tree, with so many beneficial uses.
    The Wikipedia article is also interesting in its description:
    Cecropia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    but it does mention:
     
  5. Michael F

    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Cecropia is native in Cuba though, so that's not a problem ;-)
     

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