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Uncarina decaryi - Mouse Trap Tree

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

Mouse Trap tree is blooming all over the San Diego Zoo. They are really common drought tolerant shrubs/trees native to Madagascar. It's pretty tough...however, extremely tender to cold and most likely temps below 36 degrees F/ 3 degrees C would kill it. Photo taken Sept. 9, 2010.

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I wonder why "Mouse Trap"?

11 Sep, 2010



Not sure. The information is probably on the internet some where. : > )

13 Sep, 2010


Haven't found it yet, D. I'll post it if I do.

13 Sep, 2010



Sounds good : > )

15 Sep, 2010


Eureka! I found this in the website for the American Orchid Society Botanical Garden, in Delray Beach, Florida, in the virtual tour of their Jungle Garden:

"Our unusually beautiful tree from Madagascar has a stocky, gnarled, gray trunk that produces soft, velvety green leaves with a rich violet edge. From the branch tips emerge clusters of trumpet-shaped flowers that are brilliant yellow with a dark burgundy-purple throat. Due to this distinctive color combination the tree is sometimes called “Black-eyed Susan Tree”. The name “Mousetrap” refers to its curious clawed seedpods that reputedly snarl small birds and mammals. Although this plant is from arid regions and normally experiences a dormant period, it grows continuously and rapidly in moist, well-drained soils and is evergreen and ever blooming in our garden. Most species of the genus Uncarina are pollinated by pollen eating beetles." – Darrin Duling.

Perseverance rules! : D

15 Sep, 2010



Wow! Great information! Yes, perseverance does rule!
: > )

16 Sep, 2010

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