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Discussion in 'Tropical Gardening' started by PeterS, Jul 6, 2017.

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    Some friends are on holiday in Minorca and have just sent me a picture of this bush/tree.IMG_1824.jpg
    The comment with it was -Small cluster of white flowers and large gooseberry style fruit that appear hollow and have hairy fine prickly exterior up to about 5 inches round.
    Does anyone have any idea what it could be?
     
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      Brilliant Victoria, thank you - I have never seen it before. I will pass that information on.

      Your reply has reminded me to show a picture of Pandorea jasminoides in the 'what's looking exotic' thread. You very kindly sent some seeds 5 years ago, and whilst it flowered a little bit last year, it has been absolutely lovely this year.
       
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        My friends Max and Dawn have just returned.

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        And what did they bring back..... some balls and some seedlings. So watch this space ......
         
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          Hi Peter, lucky you! ... I wouldn't mind trying a seed or two if going spare. I had Asclepias curassavica - Milkweed, Butterfly Weed years ago, the lovely yellow/orange variety, which grew wild in one of our small garden centers (so it was free), haven't seen it since.

          Oh, found a picture ... gosh it was 2008 ...


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            Hi Victoria - I do have some seeds plus the balls - but I am not sure if they are ripe or will ripen. Lets wait a few days to let the seedlings settle down, and if all goes well I will send you one of those. The least I could do for the only person to identify it.:smile:

            I am currently growing Asclepias curassavica, and have done for some years. I love it because it flowers for such a long time. I am sure there will be seeds later in the year, and will make a note to let you have some.
             
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              The bad news is that the small plants, that my friends lovingly brought back from Minorca, appear to be mainly grass!

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              However, the good news is that the balls have matured and broken open to show some healthy seeds. So if anyone wants any - just let me know.
               

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