Can you ID this BIG plant?

Discussion in 'Plant and Tree Identification' started by Nancy_in_GA, Jul 3, 2006.

  1. Nancy_in_GA

    Nancy_in_GA Well-Known Member

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    Hi, I'm new to the Plant ID section (been lurking, and on the Goats section). Hope it's OK to jump in here.

    Can someone please help identify this plant. It is about 8 feet tall, but I don't think it will be a tree. I think it has a hollow stem (but I could be wrong about that).

    Top of plant:

    http://home.earthlink.net/~nlyons545/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/id1.jpg

    Close up of one leaf (about 12-15 inches across):

    http://home.earthlink.net/~nlyons545/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/id2.jpg

    Nancy
     
  2. BrahmaMama

    BrahmaMama Well-Known Member

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    I have no idea, but that is one of the coolest things I've ever seen!!!!

    It makes me think of the "green food" leaf that Littlefoot carried around with him in the dinosaur movie. :)
     

  3. AngieM2

    AngieM2 Big Front Porch advocate

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    I don't know what it could be, but it sure looks neat.

    and welcome to the forum, jump in any time.

    I'm sure some of our more knowledgable people will be by fairly soon.

    Angie
     
  4. caballoviejo

    caballoviejo Well-Known Member

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    Is that the super fast growing tree you see adverstised?
     
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  6. Paula

    Paula Well-Known Member

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    Maybe a castor bean plant?
     
  7. Paula

    Paula Well-Known Member

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    Never mind, I googled it and it's not castor bean.
    Dh says it's a Catalpa (sp?)
     
  8. Christine in OK

    Christine in OK Well-Known Member Supporter

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    But a Catalpa is a tree - we call them bean trees, and the beans are poisonous. I would have voted for Castor bean - I'll have to go google it too. It sure looks like what my husband's step-grandma had growing a couple of years ago and she said it was a Castor Bean.
     
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  10. Dahc

    Dahc Don't Tase me, bro!?!

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    I've seen it somewhere but can't remember where. It's not catalpa and I think it gets bigger than that.
     
  11. Red Devil TN

    Red Devil TN Well-Known Member

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    Aren't catalpa leaves smooth edged with one point. And smaller? And cottonwoods are toothed along the entire edge right?

    That second pic is a good pic of the leaf and size. Almost looks like a paulownia (foxglove tree). The article here http://www.crocus.co.uk/gossip/monsterplants/? (second pic down) has the tomentosa listed and the pic is close... close, but I don't think that's it either.
     
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    It's definitely NOT a castor bean plant. We have lots of them here in So Cal - very nasty, undesirable, invasive nonnative species. So I know them, and this is not one.
     
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    Looks like Ironwood.
     
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    kitaye Well-Known Member

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    Reminds me of the cockleburr plants I had to help spot when I worked on Papaw's cotton farm. Never seen one that big though.
     
  16. Randy Rooster

    Randy Rooster Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I have seen them before- but it was up in the mountains. Are you located in the mountains of Ga?

    Definately not castor or elephants ear.
     
  17. Nancy_in_GA

    Nancy_in_GA Well-Known Member

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    We're not in the mountains, but pretty far north. Saw one by the roadside while driving, so it can survive in sunny dry, as well as partially shaded.

    The leaves have 5 large veins coming directly from the stem. That's what looks different from the other plants you all have posted.

    Maybe it is a tree. Some trees here (like poplar and hickory) have extremely large leaves when they are seedlings, but look completely different when they get big.
     
  18. tillandsia

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    I agree with Red Devil TN. Try googling Paulownia.
     
  19. Dahc

    Dahc Don't Tase me, bro!?!

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    I think you two could be right. Paulownia tomentosa has a leaf like this:

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  20. Nancy_in_GA

    Nancy_in_GA Well-Known Member

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    That's it!!!

    Been Googling, and the Chinese used it to prevent gray hair and cure warts. :) This is just what I need.

    Thank you,
    Nancy