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Uncarina decaryi - Mouse Trap Tree


Uncarina decaryi - Mouse Trap Tree (Uncarina decaryi - Mouse Trap Tree)

There's several Mouse Trap Trees at the San Diego Zoo. This is a very tender shrub or tree native to Madagascar which grows from 12 - 25 feet / 3.6 - 7.6 meters tall from what I've read.
Photo taken Oct. 12, 2009.



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Lovely bloom on this.

13 Oct, 2009

 

It's lovely, i hope someone knows what it is ! :-)

13 Oct, 2009

 

Its very pretty.......whatever it is......

13 Oct, 2009

 

Thanks for all the comments!

I hope to find out what this plant is soon!

13 Oct, 2009

 

Is it a companion planting of a vine on a tall growing plant? the blossom reminds me of "Black-eyed Susan" and if you look closely you see a twining vine around the stem.

16 Oct, 2009

 

is it Thunbergia alata...growing on a taller plant? can't see much of the leaves of the larger plant...but would it be a type of euphorbia?

16 Oct, 2009

 

Lori:

No it's not a Thunbergia alata. It's a shrub which grows to about 6 feet/ 2 meter from what I can tell and has very large leaves. I sure next time I go to the S. D. Zoo I'll find that name and post it. : > )

17 Oct, 2009

 

Compare to Abutilon Chittendenii for ID...?

17 Oct, 2009

 

Orgratis:

Thanks for the information! I'll hopefully find out soon!

18 Oct, 2009

 

I think it maybe Uncarina, a caudiform, poss U.decaryi or U. grandidieri.

18 Oct, 2009

 

Rbtkew:

Thanks for the information! I think it's Uncarina decaryi. I just looked through some of my older San Diego Zoo pics...and noticed some larger shrubs with the
caudex..and then googled it. Thanks again!

I think there may be several Uncarina species growing at the San Diego Zoo.

18 Oct, 2009

 

Success - never heard of this one before, but I love the common name for it. Makes you wonder how poor ole mice become trapped in this beauty.

18 Oct, 2009

 

Bernieh:

Yes, success...thanks to Rbtkew! I have no idea why and how it received the name mouse trap tree....I'm sure there's a story somewhere. : > )

18 Oct, 2009

 

Sticky leaves, barbed pods...? Glad Rbtkew & you could identify this oddity. Better than poison bait anyday!

18 Oct, 2009

 

Orgratis:

Yes, thanks to Rbtkew!

19 Oct, 2009



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