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Author Topic: exotic trees in Barcelona Chorisia insignis/Palo borracho blanco  (Read 6243 times)
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« on: September 28, 2009, 10:05 AM »

These striking trees seem to be thriving in the city - and those spines seem to ward off the graffiti (not completely).  The pictures were taken last October when the large creamy trumpet flowers appeared.  Does anyone know what they are?


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« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2009, 10:37 AM »

Chorisia speciosa - Palo borracho

Look for more at:

http://www.google.es/search?sourceid=navclient&hl=es&ie=UTF-8&rlz=1T4GGLL_esES325ES325&q=palo+borracho

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« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2009, 12:48 PM »

Hi Lucy
In English - Silk floss tree
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« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2009, 14:35 PM »

More here

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ceiba_speciosa
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« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2009, 19:27 PM »

Hi All,
just a small adjustment to the names that you have so far...as far as I know the pink flowered variety is Chorisia speciosa, whereas the one that you have pictured here is the 'white' form making it Chorisia insignis
The link takes you to an excellent 'Tree' blog by a guy living in Spain
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« Reply #5 on: September 28, 2009, 19:36 PM »

Thanks everyone, Palo borracho is a great name.  Great blog too.
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« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2009, 19:41 PM »

Here is a link with a good photo showing some of the different varieties of Chorisia
Have you seen their fruit Lucy, they look a bit like avocados but are full of fine silky fluff (hence the common name) containing the seeds
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« Reply #7 on: September 28, 2009, 22:37 PM »

Hi Sue, thanks for the link - they're reallly fabulous trees, with amazing flowers.  I only know one place in BCN where these trees grow, and it's not in a spot where many people walk, but at a corner of two traffic thoroughfares.  They seem to have been planted to fill a space, but are nevertheless thriving.  I see them when going past on my bike, and have noticed the seed pods.  It was when the flowers came out that I stopped and got off to take a closer look.  They're just babies though, compared with the specimen in Malaga featured on the tree blog.
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« Reply #8 on: September 29, 2009, 20:40 PM »

The tree in Malaga that features in the blog is a real show stopper!
Oddly though it is not in either of the botanical gardens but taking over both road and pavement   biggrin  near to the port
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« Reply #9 on: September 30, 2009, 08:56 AM »

On the subject of Barcelona's trees, the nettle trees are bearing fruit. They are sweet and tasty though there is very little to eat.
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« Reply #10 on: September 30, 2009, 18:14 PM »

Easy on the nettle tree berries Nick, leave some for the parakeets!

They are nice  - like caramalised dates - but a bit insubstantial.
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« Reply #11 on: September 30, 2009, 18:22 PM »

As I think I have mentioned before there is a fantastic example of the pink variety near the doctor's in Xerta and it is in full bloom at present as I noticed today.
Very near to a house though and I wonder what the roots must be doing to the foundations.
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« Reply #12 on: October 04, 2009, 11:56 AM »

As I think I have mentioned before there is a fantastic example of the pink variety near the doctor's in Xerta and it is in full bloom at present as I noticed today.
Very near to a house though and I wonder what the roots must be doing to the foundations.

I will try and get a photo next time I'm in the village. It's bound to be within the next couple of days.

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