Friday, February 17, 2012

Carrotwood tree

This medium-sized carrotwood tree (Cupaniopsis anacardioides) with dense canopy of  rich green, glossy, tough, pinnate leaves, belonging to Sapindaceae family is native of Australia, but is quite commonly found in South California. Many of them grace our apartment garden. Birds perch in the shady branches and devour the fruits. Though curious since my first spotting, only recently I got to know it's identity, thanks to the wildlife platform Noah's project. Despite it's immense ornamental value, this plant is a potential invasive species.

Tree trunk.........

Raw fruit clusters...

Ripe fruit cluster....

Split fruit cluster...

 

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