Saturday, March 6, 2010

Starfruit, and an unknown

The Starfuit is falling off the trees again this year. I'm not fond of them to eat, but they do make pretty additions to salads! The tree is so decorated by them.

Anyone know what this large bush (approx. 10 ft. x 10 ft.) is??? It is very attractive with these black pods that open up to bright yellow flowers!!! The contrast is stunning!

*This plant was later identified as a Popcorn Cassia, or Peanut Butter Cassia (Senna didymobotrya)


Aerelonian said...

I have never seen a starfruit tree before. I just assumed they grew on vines. I have no idea what the other tree is but it's very interesting!

Cindy said...

We've got a few of these at the arboretum, and I've found yellow sulphur caterpillars on it, but I don't know the name either! If nobody else comes up with it, I'll find out in a few days and let you know.

Evelyn Howard said...

Julie, I know what you mean about star fruit. When I was growing up, we had a tree and lots of fruit. We used to eat the sliced fruit with a sprinkling of salt. I know it sounds weird, but it takes away the tartness I think. Never tried it with salad, but it does sound like a good idea. Happy weekend, Ev

Serena said...

Lovely photos, Julie! I've never tried the star-fruit but have seen them in the supermarket.

To the best of my knowledge, the mystery tree is a Popcorn Cassia. Beautiful flowers!

Darla said...

Interesting fruit. Your mystery plant reminds me of a cassia alata...?

Judi said...

Hi Julie
I've never seen starfruit on the tree. They look pretty up there. I agree I don't like them to eat but putting them into a salad would be pretty.

VERY pretty bush. We don't have it around these parts...hope you find out what it is.

Hope you are having a great weekend!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

The star fruit and the plant are exotic plants to me. I have seen the star fruit at the grocery but I have never bought one because I didn't know what to do with it. I don't think I have ever seen the plant you have shown. It is beautiful.

Ebie said...

Growing up in the Philippines, star fruit is very popular!

I saw some of them at the Grocery here in Los Angeles and they are soo expensive.