Plant ID forum: What is this please?

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Name: Ibis
Florida, Orlando-ish (Zone 9b)
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IbisFla
Aug 10, 2016 11:48 AM CST
I saw this huge tree over in SW Florida, just a couple of blocks from the ocean. Has anyone ever seen this before?





Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Aug 10, 2016 12:50 PM CST
I wonder if it could be Giant Tree Aloe (Aloe barberae)

More images: https://www.google.com/search?q=aloe+barberae&biw=1263&bih=8...
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Name: Ibis
Florida, Orlando-ish (Zone 9b)
Region: Florida Tropicals Bromeliad Orchids Container Gardener Foliage Fan
Dog Lover Birds
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IbisFla
Aug 10, 2016 1:00 PM CST
Hmmm, maybe, Lin. The leaves on the tree I saw weren't as fleshy as an aloe, but I wonder if it could be in the same family. Here are a few more pictures -

These "pods" are at the base of the leaves
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I don't think it had one single trunk- they all seemed to be separate
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Name: Dave Paul
Puna, HI (Zone 10b)
Live in a rainforest, get wet feet.
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Metrosideros
Aug 10, 2016 1:29 PM CST
It's Pandanus tectorius, Screwpine.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pandanus_tectorius
Name: Ibis
Florida, Orlando-ish (Zone 9b)
Region: Florida Tropicals Bromeliad Orchids Container Gardener Foliage Fan
Dog Lover Birds
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IbisFla
Aug 10, 2016 1:34 PM CST
Wow, Dave, you're right! What I thought were trunks are actually prop roots - interesting! I only saw the one specimen, so I figured it wasn't native to the area, but it sounds like it's growing in a perfect environment. Thank you very much!
Name: Dave Paul
Puna, HI (Zone 10b)
Live in a rainforest, get wet feet.
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Metrosideros
Aug 10, 2016 3:22 PM CST
You're very welcome! It's a dominant coastal tree in Hawai'i.


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