Castanea henryi seems to have alternate rather than palmate leaves. The tree looks quite similar to the Aesculus hippocastanum Horse Chestnuts that were planted along streets here in large numbers, though ours have reddish-purple flowers. They make a wonderful street tree even if they are slightly messy.
Post by mickthecactus on Jun 13, 2021 20:36:07 GMT
I can’t find a decent picture of henryi but it suggests a tree up to 80’ high. Yes, this could be a young tree but it just doesn’t strike me as a potential monster. I think we agree on chestnut but which one? It feels like a sweet chestnut but....
Given that you said you were sat under it yesterday and taking into account mostly our UK native horse chestnuts are past their flowering times and starting to set their conkers...... I think this may be the Indian / Himalayan horse chestnut which flowers later . ?
... a vine that grows in my patio. It's a Mexican native, but I don't know either its common nor its botanical name. It has a lumpy tuberous root that pushes itself out of the ground, a fleshy but strong stem, and amorphously heart-shaped, very fleshy leaves. ... Its use is exactly as the use of topical arnica. There are people who claim it repairs broken bones, although that's hard to feature. Anyway, you just take a leaf and crush & smear it on the pertinent area. It works even better than arnica!
Here it is growing on the front porch, which faces south. It's in a pot here & doesn't like so much sun ~
Growing in poor soil in a corner by the driveway gates ~
Here you see how the roots push themselves out of the ground ~
Not easy to discern, but there's a greenish tint where I've freshly crushed a leaf on my wrist & hand ~
That's not impossible, Mick, and I got excited when I read the suggestion. This plant has the big lumpy root tubers, its flowers are similar to that of Dioscorea, and it is a vine. When I started searching, though, I was put off by the fact that all of the pictures of the various Dioscoreas show non-succulent leaves with pronounced veining and almost always ending in a point. Also, I couldn't find any with the same kind of tumor-looking roots. But there are around 850 species of Dioscoreas, so I'll keep looking.
I have an app on my phone called plant.net. It's free, you can choose the area of the world where the plant you are checking for is located. You take a photo and the app identifies it -- sometimes with percentages of possibility. It seems to be based on users confirming id. You could try that, Bixa.
I have used it a few times and it's pretty accurate.
I had quite a stroke of luck tonight & have identified my mystery vine. Where did this happen? Well, in a pizza restaurant, where else?
That's not a joke. I ate at a pizza place where there were some plants for sale. Chatting with a lady there, I described my vine. She said, "That's suelda, or sometimes called suelda consuelda." Wow -- that's the name that was told to me years ago & which I have racked my brain to remember.
Looked it up on the Latin America google site when I got home & thus got the botanical name -- Anredera cordifolia.
As I clicked around making sure that I had the right i.d., I wound up at Bihrmanns caudiciform site, exactly where dear & knowledgeable Mick had told me to go.