Saturday, August 10, 2013

A spiky tree with soft flowers

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In between cleaning my new place and unpacking boxes I ventured out in search of food.
Right in the supermarket parking lot is this strange tree with fearsome sharp shpitzim all over its  trunk. 


Its flowers are beautiful.
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Anybody know what kind of tree it is?
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In the back you see Meitar's only supermarket and little commercial center.
The food store has a monopoly and oi-- its prices are much higher than what I was used to in Jerusalem.
Maybe I'll start to shop in our nearest big city, Beersheba, instead;  it is about 30 or 40 minutes by bus from Meitar.
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20 comments:

anumorchy said...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ceiba

Jael said...

We have those trees here in Holon too and I posted once a picture of one tree my blog but never found the name for it.

Marie said...

Could it be a young "Adansonia Perrieri" (baobab, that is a succulent)?

Kris McCracken said...

I reckon that it could be the silk floss tree (Ceiba speciosa), a.k.a. palo borracho, Spanish for "drunken stick".

Nadege said...

The tree reminds me of a silk floss tree but the colors are generally pink. Definitively from the same family I think.

paul said...

Just a guess after some google searches: ceiba chodati or something related?
Best wishes with settling in at your new place, Dina, it's always an adventure.

crystal said...

Could it be this tree? ... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ceiba_chodatii

I hope you're enjoying your new home.

Sara said...

Shalom Dina, I think that is a White Silk Floss tree (google: chorisia insignis or see photos here: http://toptropicals.com/catalog/uid/CHORISIA_INSIGNIS.htm).

I've seen versions of silk floss trees planted around here. They are from South America originally. The Negev is a long way from South America!

Kay said...

I thought it might be a baobab tree, but the flowers on your tree are a lot prettier. It sure has an odd trunk.

Petrea Burchard said...

I think it's the silk floss tree. We have them here (similar climate, too). There may be a variation on the flowers, but that trunk is unmistakeable.

Karl Demetz said...

Wow, this is a beautiful tree with wonderful flowers, never seen it before!

JM said...

It's a beautiful Silk Floss Tree. Those I've seen (and posted) around here have pink blooms.

Birdman said...

I know the name: a BEAUTIFUL tree.

VP said...

I have seen this tree, or something like this, in a bench picture of JM. But it was winter and the branches were bare...

Fay Jesselton said...

Shalom Dina!
Thank you for the nice pictures, i really like it. My country doesn't allow me to visit Jerusalem. Sigh!!!!

Dina said...

Friends, thanks for all your help in the name finding.

Fay, welcome. Maybe someday Malaysia and Israel will be more open. Meanwhile, you are welcome to visit Israel via the blogs. At least we have that freedom.

Pietro Brosio said...

What a beautiful tree!
The commercial center looks good: the prices are high here too, almost everywhere!

MJ said...

Golly, that trees is quite impressive. WOW. Not anything you would see up here in the cold of the Rocky Mountains, that is for sure. But I must say, it is really attractive!!

Spiderdama said...

So beautiful! Never seen around here..:-)

Nathalie Beaumes said...

So I've learned about Ceiba thanks to you - or silk floss tree. Thanks !