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    Dragon Sighting

    Well, maybe not. But it reminded me of one. It's a tree in Florida (recent visit) that has the most deadly protection I've ever seen. No idea what it is, but I suspect our Floridian members might. These blooms are lovely and seem incongrous to the vicious thorns beneath. Roselike , I guess.


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    Re: Dragon Sighting

    Kevin,
    I have know idea what it is; but I like it. The composition is different from the norm andis intesting and pleasing to the eye.
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    Very cool looking, Kevin. Without the limbs at the top it could even be some alien landscape. Good catch.
    Last edited by Sergio M.; 15th January 2013 at 10:07 PM.

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    Re: Dragon Sighting

    Thanks, Sergio and John.

    Still hoping some 'southerners' or botanists can ID this for me.

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    Re: Dragon Sighting

    Very interesting. Thanks for sharing..

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    Re: Dragon Sighting

    This is intriguing Kevin.

    What is the diameter of the foreground object?

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    Re: Dragon Sighting

    Possibly a Silk Floss Tree

    Native to the subtropical forests of South America, the Silk Floss Tree is now widespread around south Florida, and appreciated for its beautiful flowers.

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    Re: Dragon Sighting

    Hi, Dave,

    There is a single trunk about 25-30cm in diameter, which then splits into two large branches, one of which was almost horizontal. I shot this along the axis of the horizontal branch just beyond its takeoff from the main trunk. These spikes continue on each branch right out to the terminal twigs from which these flowers arise. I've never seen anything quite like it.
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    Re: Dragon Sighting

    Hi, Matthew.

    I think you are exactly right. I composed it more for interest's sake than for a realistic rendering, but your photograph is exactly as it appeared, though I suspect the blooms on my tree were past their prime. Thanks much for your ID- I was CERTAIN somebody on CiC would know. I'm predicting that the "tree-huggers" will not be taking up this tree's cause.

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