Plant ID forum: Unidentified Plant/Fruit

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Bermuda
Daspoit
Apr 13, 2018 9:33 AM CST

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Does anyone know what this plant is and can identify it. Can the fruit be eaten? Thanks.
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Apr 13, 2018 10:18 AM CST
Hi Daspoit, Welcome!

Is that fruit growing on a vine or a tree? Is it possible to take a photo of the entire plant from a distance to show the shape and size? Can you also take a fruit and slice it in half to show the interior?

So many plants have toxic qualities so I wouldn't venture tasting it until you can get an exact identity.
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Bermuda
Daspoit
Apr 13, 2018 11:01 AM CST

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The plant is a very woody vine. I will take another photo of entire plant.
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porkpal
Apr 13, 2018 11:57 AM CST
Is this vine growing in Bermuda? I have lived there and never seen such an interesting plant.
Porkpal
Bermuda
Daspoit
Apr 13, 2018 12:01 PM CST

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Yup, this was spotted in Bermuda, on the West side, in the Southampton area if you can recall your time here. Never seen it before myself until last weekend. Very weird looking fruit on it.
Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Apr 13, 2018 12:03 PM CST
Was it in someone's garden or growing "wild" - sort of?
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Bermuda
Daspoit
Apr 13, 2018 12:09 PM CST

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Growing wild. There is a small farm in the area and along its border is a short fence and brush. This vine is growing along the fence and within the brush.
Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Apr 13, 2018 12:13 PM CST
Hmm... It's very cool. I hope someone recognizes it.
Porkpal
Bermuda
Daspoit
Apr 13, 2018 1:25 PM CST

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Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Apr 13, 2018 1:38 PM CST
That looks amazing! It's like nothing I've seen before.
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Silversurfer
Apr 13, 2018 1:51 PM CST
Viviparous maybe.

"vivipary describes plants that produce sexual offspring, where the embryo penetrates through the fruit pericarp "

See pics showing strawberries.

https://www.google.co.uk/searc...
Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Apr 13, 2018 3:01 PM CST
Yes, it does appear to be viviparous, but what is it? Would it always do that? Or like strawberries would it be unusual?
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Name: Tofi
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tofitropic
Apr 13, 2018 5:43 PM CST
I believes it is Pereskia aculeata the Barbados gooseberry, Cactaceae. they are edible, but bit sour in my opinion, it could be weedy too in tropic, spiny sometimes, but the leaves are also edible and high in protein,
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plantladylin
Apr 13, 2018 6:17 PM CST
It sure does looks like Barbados Gooseberry (Pereskia aculeata) We have no photos of fruit in our database so it would be wonderful if you coul upload a few of your great images! Apparently the leaves and fruit are edible. More photos on this page for comparison also: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

Thanks @tofitropic, I've been searching and searching and could not find a match for this interesting plant.
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Name: Tofi
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tofitropic
Apr 13, 2018 7:32 PM CST
Thanks Lin, always happy to join on the ID forum,
For the strawberry thing, on Silversurfer post, I am thinking that, that is a kind of Phyllody, a mutation on flower and fruits that modifies flower structures into leaf-like structure, as I doubt that leafy thing on strawberry will grow into seedling, as opposed to a true Vivipary.
I was also in search of the term on this type of mutation, as I observed in some plants, such as in rosa 'viridiflora' or these grasses



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Silversurfer
Apr 14, 2018 3:08 AM CST
tofitropic...thank you.
What an interesting plant.
I found this....
https://worldofsucculents.com/...


Quote above....."Nonetheless, Pereskias qualify as cacti because of their spines which develop from aureoles, a distinctive characteristic of the cactus family. "

"They're often used as flowering hedges, and those varieties that carry edible fruits, like Pereskia aculeata, are also grown to be eaten. Many plants in the Pereskia genus are rare, and there's so much diversity within the genus that it's difficult to generalize these plant's characteristics, but Pereskia is without a doubt one of the most interesting and unusual genera of cacti."

Interesting article here from UBC.

http://botanyphoto.botanicalga...


I would never have thought it was a Cactus
Bermuda
Daspoit
Apr 16, 2018 5:43 AM CST

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Thanks for all the info everyone. Nice to have an idea of what the plant is.
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Jai_Ganesha
Apr 16, 2018 8:26 AM CST
They're cacti because they have areoles. All cacti have areoles.

Not all of them have spines, not all of them lack leaves, and not all of them are succulent, but areoles are the one defining phenotypical feature of all cacti. No other plant has them.
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