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nomedenol
Jul 8, 2016 8:30 AM CST
Hi I live in Caryville Florida and I have an unusual plant growing in my yard. I would very much love to know what it is please and thank you.
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Name: Tara
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terrafirma
Jul 8, 2016 9:22 AM CST
Welcome! to NGA!

I could be wrong, but,
I think you may have this dreaded invader! Compare your plant to this. Click on the link here. Air Potato (Dioscorea bulbifera)


edited to add...After looking again, I believe I really could be wrong. Hope I am. The fruit doesn't look quite right.
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Name: Celia
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Zencat
Jul 8, 2016 10:39 AM CST
What did the flowers look like? Any pictures? Someone should be able to ID this for you but my search comes up empty.

nomedenol
Jul 11, 2016 12:40 PM CST
Thank you for your replys unfortunately it was not an air potato upon close inspection terrafirma. And as of yet it has not produced flowers Zencat.
Name: Greene
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greene
Jul 11, 2016 12:47 PM CST
nomedenol said:Hi I live in Caryville Florida and I have an unusual plant growing in my yard. I would very much love to know what it is please and thank you.
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It could be a Tung Oil tree/Vernicia fordii. Take a close look at the leaves to see if there are two reddish color glands...like this. If your plant is Vernicia fordii the seeds are extremely poisonous so be careful please.

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Name: Celia
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Zencat
Jul 11, 2016 6:01 PM CST
In order to get fruit, you have to have flowers. Maybe they were too small to notice?
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bwv998
Jul 12, 2016 2:34 PM CST
The inside of the fruit resembles a Tung Oil tree's fruit a lot.

http://www.rnr.lsu.edu/plantid/species/tungoiltree/images/AL...

http://www.rnr.lsu.edu/plantid/species/tungoiltree/tungoiltr...

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nomedenol
Jul 13, 2016 7:10 AM CST
I think your right greene this is a picture of the leaf.
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Name: Greene
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greene
Jul 13, 2016 9:24 AM CST
Hurray!
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nomedenol
Jul 13, 2016 12:02 PM CST
Thank you all for your posts you have been very helpful.
Name: Greene
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greene
Jul 13, 2016 6:08 PM CST
What attracted me was the pretty flowers. It took me three long years to identify my NOID tree as a Vernicia fordii/Tung Oil tree.
There used to be a Tung Oil plantation near where I live (before my time). Henry Ford was looking for a good source of domestic oil as it had previously been imported from China.
The area was known as Ways, Georgia, later called Richmond HIll.
https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1787&dat=19341021&id=...
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