Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Mystery fruit.

These colourful, oddly-shaped fruits were in someone's front yard. I have no idea what they are. I'm sure there's someone out there who knows.

Someone should invent a strange fruit search engine, or a taxonomic Fruitguide page.

Update: what appears to be the answer has been provided by Garden Lily. Magnolia sieboldii (Oyama magnolia). See the link in her comment below. Thanks, GL!

4 comments:

Bangchik and Kakdah said...

How lovely... for a minute, I thought those for red flowers. ~bangchik

Garden Lily said...

Strange and wonderful indeed, this one drove me to googling... Something told me to try magnolia... The Magnolia sieboldii (Oyama magnolia) seems to have similar fruit, according to this page.

Hugh said...

Garden Lily,

I believe you nailed it, thank you. I was googling, "strange red fruits," and ending up with endless pictures of dragon fruit.

I look forward to next spring to see the flowers.

Karen said...

You might also come up with that depressing Billie Holliday song if you googled "strange fruit." Wait, is there any BH song that is not depressing? I wonder if the hot summer is making some things fruit in our climate that usually do not - I feel like I am seeing some really odd stuff for the first time this year. Hope the birds can benefit!