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April 19, 2011

The Honky Nut Tree

I've been studying the trees across the street from us as for some time - collecting their peculiar little seed pods, studying the flowers, the leaves, and the bark, as the homeless urinate and defecate on the sidewalks around me, and I've tentatively identified them as "Honky Nut" trees (Corymbia calophylla).

Only I do this because I don't know what type of trees these are and, in San Francisco, there are so many trees that are foreign to me, I attempt to draw a line in the sand and say "at least I can identify these trees..." A similar exercise to my forays into San Diego.

So today, I was searching the web for the seed pods because they're unqiue enough that I thought I might spot them, and they striking similar to these seed pods.

I've long assumed that these flowering trees belonged to the Myrtacae family, based on their flowers.

As far as the genus, well it should come as no surprise that these trees were originally considered one genus but then the molecular biologists got their hands on the charts and decided to reclassify them from the genus of Eucalyptus to a new genus, Corymbia.

I'm not certain if the trees I'm seeing are Corymbia ficifolia or Corymbia calophylla. I'll investigate further when I get a chance.

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Posted by Rob Kiser on April 19, 2011 at 12:23 PM

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