Plant ID forum: Please help identify from Wild Animal Park..,

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Mysterytree
Jun 26, 2017 6:50 PM CST
Hello! First time here.

A couple of months ago we went to the San Diego Safari park (formally wild animal park) and while walking around my 7 year old daughter informed me she picked some seeds from some "seed pods" on the ground amongst the various plants/trees. She handed me 7.

I wish I could tell you I'm experienced with plants but I am not, though I would love to learn more.

Anyway, I planted all 7 in a seed starter kit I bought and nothing grew except for the center pot!! At first it just started with the 2 broad-ish bottom leaves, but soon these finger-like leaves started to sprout. New ones come weekly and it continues to grow. I have it in window in kitchen. We have shutters that let in light and it will happily reach towards the light so I rotate it every day so main stalk stays straight. At night, the finger-shaped leaves close up!

It's been growing about a month. It is about 2 inches tall and 1 1/2 inches wide.
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Jun 26, 2017 7:12 PM CST
I am so NOT an expert on tropical plants -- but maybe a Mimosa Tree ? Compare to this photo of a seedling: https://www.google.com/search?...: Welcome!
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Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
Jun 26, 2017 7:13 PM CST
Looks like mimosa.
An exotic invasive tree.
Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
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ctcarol
Jun 26, 2017 7:24 PM CST
Not sure what it is as WAP is as much a botanical garden as animal park, but if it grows there it should probably go outside soon. They don't pamper their plants so it would grow there year round. Mimosa or Albezia would be my guesses, and both are trees.
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Mysterytree
Jun 26, 2017 7:47 PM CST
Wow thank you for quick replys!!!!

Now that I have some good solid direction, I'm going to go back next week and see if there are mimosa trees or similar!! I'll report my findings.

Thank you all and thank you for your help

P.s. Do we have ability to reply individually or just this way?
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Jun 26, 2017 8:11 PM CST
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
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ctcarol
Jun 26, 2017 8:53 PM CST
If you click on the poster's name it will ask you if you want to send that person a tree mail.
Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Jun 26, 2017 9:23 PM CST
Easier yet!
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jun 26, 2017 9:24 PM CST
Its a Silk tree or Mimosa tree, both common names for Albizia julibrissin. California is being overrun by them.
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92026
Mysterytree
Aug 4, 2017 6:09 PM CST
Hello there! Smiling

Sorry it took me so long to get back to the Wild Animal Park and then back here to post.

But I have an update!!
They are Acacia trees! So we found 2 people who work at the park and before I could explain the situation, my 7 year old said "Look mommy!! Here's the seed pods I picked up!!" They came from the super tall and very thorny acacia trees that are planted all over (same trees the giraffes eat at the park).

Oddly enough the first seedling is looking good, the 2 bottom broad leaves fell off but tree staying relatively small. Another seeding popped up after the first and is nearly 3 times the size in height! Have no idea why.
Sooooo case 1 closed but what in the world am I going to do with these?! Confused

I am attaching 3 pictures...
1st is of the acacia tree it came from
2nd is of the seedlings
And 3rd is a pic of 3 seeds!! The first seed is an acacia seed, like the 2 that have grown already. The second seed one of the workers gave me that he found while we were talking, it's from the Pink Trumpet Tree.
The 3rd is a mystery!! My daughter found it on this last visit, it's huge and you can hear a seed rattling around inside!!! It was not near anything but the pink trumpet tree so thinking it had been carried to the spot.
Oh dear....how to even germinate this thing and what could it be...





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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Aug 4, 2017 6:19 PM CST
My first thought was also Mimosa Tree (Albizia julibrissin) So glad it turned out to be Acacia! http://animals.sandiegozoo.org...
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
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ctcarol
Aug 4, 2017 6:49 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing WAP. is a botanical feast, but they aren't good at id signs. I was a member for many years, and you were lucky to find someone that had a clue.

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