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May 9, 2018 10:33 AM CST
Costa Rica - Guanacaste
Hi, can you help me identify this plant?
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May 9, 2018 12:18 PM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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I'm really not sure but those leaves remind me of Ulmus (Elm). Hopefully someone will be along soon and be able to offer an exact ID.

Does Ulmus mexicana grow in Costa Rica? Check out these leaf images for comparison: https://www.bing.com/images/se...
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May 9, 2018 1:07 PM CST
Costa Rica - Guanacaste
Thank you, in another forum someone suggested it's Carpinus caroliniana (American Hornbeam), what do you think of that?
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May 9, 2018 1:57 PM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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The leaves do also resemble those of American Hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana)



I'm not familiar with flora of Costa Rica so I don't even know if either of those grow in your area. Hopefully others will be along shortly with suggestions.
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May 9, 2018 2:29 PM CST
Costa Rica - Guanacaste
Thank you for your replay, this plant is unnecessarily native, it was planted here and originally can be from other places, but if you know a forum that is more about tropical and forest plants I would love to hear about it.
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May 9, 2018 5:11 PM CST
Name: Kyle
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I grow Carpinus caroliniana. It's called Hornbeam in my neck of the woods. I'm pretty sure that isn't it. However there are quite a few other species of Carpinus. It may be one of them.
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May 9, 2018 9:51 PM CST
Name: John
Scott County, KY (Zone 5b)
You can't have too many viburnums..
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Not Carpinus sp. - look at the dentations/serrations on the leaf margin. The unknown has very regular dentations. Carpinus sp. is nothing if not possessed of the most ragged edged irregular serrulations - or some term like that.

Looked it up: sharply and doubly serrate.

I suspect it is a truly tropical species with characteristics similar to temperate plants. How about a Castanea sp., since we are WAG-ing?
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May 10, 2018 11:24 AM CST
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I'd suspect something in the Annonaceae family.
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May 10, 2018 11:28 AM CST
Costa Rica - Guanacaste
Thank you ViburnumValley, I think it is Castanea sp.
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May 11, 2018 12:29 AM CST
Name: Tofi
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I would also suggest another possibility; a member of dilleniaceae, leaves bears resemblance of Dillenia indica
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