Sunday, April 10, 2011

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What’s That Tree?

Israel has Jewish immigrants from 63 countries around the world.  Israel may be more of a melting pot than the United States.

Along the way those immigrants brought their traditions, recipes and SEEDS.  Israel grows fruits, vegetables and flowers from all over the world.

And trees.  Down the street from where I live I saw trees with huge hanging brown seed pods, weird like nothing I’d ever seen.  Turned out to be South African Sausage trees.

On a trip to Jerusalem I encountered the following.  I’ve never seen anything like it before.  Anyone know what it is or where it’s from?  (Huge down hanging yellow flowers?)

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7 comments:

Devorah said...

That tree is called an Angel's Trumpet or "Horn of Plenty"

see here:
http://home.howstuffworks.com/angels-trumpet-trumpet-flower-horn-of-plenty.htm

Anonymous said...

They're from S. America. Highly Toxic and Hallucinogenic.

R. Ben David said...

The first comment is correct. The common name is angels trumpet, from the Brugmansia species. They are native to south america and very poisonous. Do not touch it and even wipe your eyes with your hand. Also, depending on the variety, is called golden trumpets. It is also a hullucinogenic in very small doses, but as stated before, very deadly

Leah said...

Yes, I am grateful that others have commented here. Although it is a beautiful tree, it is deadly. Angel's Trumpet. All parts are highly toxic. Beautiful, though. It also grows in a light shade of pink.

alexandros sfakianakis said...

Brugmansia hybrid
Angels' trumpets

Brugmansia is named after Sebald Justin Brugmans 1763-1819. The genus Brugmansia belongs to the nightshade, Solanaceae family which includes tomatoes, potatoes, tobacco, many kinds of peppers, eggplant, and also includes Datura, petunia, nicotiana, solanum, physalis (Chinese lantern) and other ornamentals. Brugmansia is native to South America, particularly the Andes, where they grow on sloping terrain under damp conditions.

These striking plants produce flowers that perfume the night air with their exotic fragrance. All parts of Brugmansia are toxic when ingested. Pre-teens and teenagers in Florida have been made extremely sick by eating parts of the plant, making tea from the flowers, ingesting seeds and smoking the dried leaves in search of a "legal high". Once tried, few will attempt it again and warn their friends to stay away from it. Symptoms of Brugmansia poisoning include: Hallucinations, dry mouth, muscle weakness, increased blood pressure and pulse, fever, dilated pupils, and paralysis. Toxic Principles of the plant are: Atropine, scopolamine, and hyoscyamine.

Anonymous said...

HI! Where exactly in Israel (City and street) Did you see the South African Sausage tree? I always thought that they could do well here but never saw one...PLEASE let me know where exactly you saw it and if you could post a picture it would be awsome! Thnks!

DANI

Akiva said...

There's 3 sausage trees growing in Ramat Beit Shemesh, corner of HaYarkon and HaYarden - http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Beit+Shemesh,+Israel&aq=0&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=36.452734,86.572266&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Beit+Shemesh,+Israel&ll=31.707249,35.001261&spn=0.008908,0.021136&t=h&z=16

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