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Unusual Trees, Plants and Fruits

Updated on June 29, 2014
Akebia fruits. Have you seen this? If not, then it's unusual.
Akebia fruits. Have you seen this? If not, then it's unusual. | Source

I love nature and could spend a good amount of time looking at photos online once I happen to get into it. Like for a few times I've been Googling for a specific seed I want, got into images and from there, clicks on unusual flowers and plants I hadn't seen before. And it goes on and on and I discover more to see. Interesting for me, but on that part of the world where it was native from it could be an ordinary sight for the town people to see.

So, for those plants and flowers I hadn't seen personally, but had just stumbled on them either through books or online, here are some.

screw pines
screw pines | Source

Pandanus odoratissimus

This tree can grow as tall as 66 feet bearing an edible fruit (next photo.) It is a wide branching tree and the fruit? It is heavy and turns red as it ripens and is a source of food for animals. It also has a fragrant flowers from the male tree which is then distilled and use to flavor foods. And those roots, they keep the tree upright.

This tree is also known as pandanus palms even though they aren't really related to palms. Screw pines is also known in other names such as kewra and umbrella tree.

A ripe fruit if the pandanus tree.
A ripe fruit if the pandanus tree. | Source

Young baobab fruits hanging from the tree. And when this young fruits mature and ready to eat, they have a pear-like taste. Its white pulps which is powdery is a great source of fiber, antioxidants, and C vitamins.

The baobab tree, native to Africa, Madagascar, Arabian Peninsula and Australia can grow 98 feet in height and is known as "the upside down tree." And just why is that? The branches looks likes roots, that's why. And yes, the fruits and leaves are edible.

Another interesting thing about Baobab trees is that, some (as claimed) had been thousand years old.

A pregnant baobab tree? No. There's no baby trees inside, Baobab trees stores water to use for dry weathers.
A pregnant baobab tree? No. There's no baby trees inside, Baobab trees stores water to use for dry weathers. | Source
Rambutan fruits. And they are delicious.
Rambutan fruits. And they are delicious. | Source

Nephelium lappaceum

One of the fruits I like, native to Malaysia and Indonesia, the rambutan appears unusual specially for those who hasn't seen this fruit of Asia. The rambutan which taste like lychee is a round-shaped fruit, green and yellowish, and turns red in color when ripe. Looking at the photo, the spines looks like they will poke your finger once you touch the fruit, but it won't. They are soft, and covers the entire rambutan fruit. Rambutans are sweet and succulent and has a single seed inside.

The "touch me not" plant as it closes whenever it was touched but opens again after some minutes.
The "touch me not" plant as it closes whenever it was touched but opens again after some minutes. | Source

Mimosa pudica

I grew up in the farm back in the Philippines seeing this "shy plant," and looking back at those times, seeing it was just a part of my daily life. But now, it really is fascinating and unusual on how and why this shy plant, known as "touch me not" folds its tiny leaves once touched. I hadn't seen one here in my 7 years. So for those who hadn't seen one yet, it is indeed an unusual plant.

The touch-me-not is also known in other names such as shameful plant, sensitive plant, chuimui, sleeping grass, and in the Philippines as makahiya which pertains to the plants shyness. It grows as a creeping plant with its prickly stems and bears pink flowers.

Also the roots are used in medicinal purposes. I remember mama (mom) had told me, that she had miscarriages more than once. And when she was pregnant with me, grandmother told her to get roots of touch-me-not plant, and make a tea from them to avoid more miscarriages. It did worked, (I believed.)

Touch Me Not In A Pot

Touch-me-not plants folding its leaves once touched.
Touch-me-not plants folding its leaves once touched. | Source

Averrhoa bilimbi

A tree native to Southeast Asia growing up to 33 ft. tall. The fruit which is green (sometimes pale green in color) is sour and is use as souring agent fresh or dried on dishes or is eaten raw with salt.

The fruits would also grow not only on the branches but on the tree itself, few inches from the ground. So there's no sweat on climbing up the branches just to pick up the bilimbi or camias fruits.

Bilimbi tree is also known in other names such as tree sorrel and in South and Central America as the mimbro tree.

The candlestick tree
The candlestick tree | Source

Parmentiera cereifera

Native to South and Central America, this candle tree, also called candlestick tree appears unusual to me. I hadn't seen one personally and the first time I saw a photo was on a gardening book. The appearance of the tree with its yellow ripening fruits is attractive and smells just like an apple. The fruits grows 12 inches long and is edible and so are the seeds.

And why is it called the candle tree? That is because the thousand fruits that the tree bears resembles a tapered candle.

Dracaena cinnabari

Imagine being under this unique and amazing tree. I'd probably going to spend some time staring up its twisty branches in amusement. And they do look like mushrooms don't you think?

Where did the name Dragon's blood came from? The sap of this tree that is native to the Socotra archipelago is color red, yes, a red sap. And it has been used as dye by the Romans as well as for medicinal purposes such as in rheumatism.

Dragon's blood trees
Dragon's blood trees | Source
Akebia | Source

Akebia quinata

This ripe akebia is a fruit of the akebia vine also known as chocolate vine that is native to Japan, Korea, and in China. It does looks like a giant violet sausage and could be about 3 inches long which the pulp has a sweet taste.

Not only that the fruit is consumed and the leaves are used into tea but the vines are also use into making baskets.

Ripening akebia fruits from the vine.
Ripening akebia fruits from the vine. | Source

Ficus benghalensis

The Banyan tree, also known as the Balete tree starts by having its host tree, strangling it by sending its roots down to the ground. And thus, having this huge, tree that can give that eerie feeling. I'd probably had used the word eerie as the Banyan or Balete tree has been long associated into Philippine mythological creatures as they are believed to reside on Banyan tree, which is why the tree is also referred to as the "enchanted tree."



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    • Greensleeves Hubs profile image

      Greensleeves Hubs 

      6 years ago from Essex, UK

      Sadly no Mimosa pudica here in England precy, except as novelty house plant seeds. But I have seen them in several other countries including Thailand and Malaysia, and in countries near the Mediterranean. I think it has spread from its original home. Alun.

    • precy anza profile imageAUTHOR

      precy anza 

      6 years ago from USA

      @ Greensleeves Hubs:

      Thanks for dropping by ^-^' I say you're lucky if you're around a mimosa pudica in your area. I missed touching its leaves and watch it folds :)

      @ Aviannovice:

      And thanks for dropping by and commenting Avian :) Back again after three days, internet connection this time.


      Wished I could add more, and I will if I found other unusual ones ^-^' Thank you!

      Goodnight you three! ^-^'

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      drbj and sherry 

      6 years ago from south Florida

      What a fascinating hub, precy. I was mesmerized by your hub, your plant descriptions and your beautiful photos. Your research and descriptions are outstanding. Brava, m'dear.

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      precy anza, this is wonderful. I knew nothing about these wonderful trees and the fruit. Thanks for the great information.

    • Greensleeves Hubs profile image

      Greensleeves Hubs 

      6 years ago from Essex, UK

      Some really beautiful photos precy anza in this introduction to some extraordinary plants. I am very familiar with the sensitive plant, Mimosa pudica, which is found in many places, and I have seen the banyan tree in India and in Thailand. The baobab, I have only seen on television. The others are all new to me. Nice to see these trees, fruits and seeds. Thanks.


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