A network that helps people worldwide obtain rapid advice and information on crop protection, including the identification and management of plant pests.
PestNet is a network that helps people worldwide obtain rapid advice and information on crop protection, including the identification and management of plant pests. It started in 1999. Anyone with an interest in plant protection is welcome to join. PestNet is free and is moderated, ensuring that messages are confined to plant protection.
August 2010. A request for the identification of the plant (in foreground). It is small tree with hairy pods which split when dry. It’s grown as an ornamental.
There were several suggestions:
It looks like the native coastal plant, Dolicholoboium umbellatum, which is found in coastal beach forest.
The photo resembles Tecoma stans (Bignoniaceae), a popular ornamental plant that has naturalized well in some semiarid parts of the Pacific Islands. But the sender said it was not that.
The photo resembles Tabebuia chrysotricha, which has been introduced in Hawaii as an ornamental. Specimens in the Bishop Museum herbarium match the photo reasonably well. The (Museum???s) cultivated flora mentions a particular character that seems distinctive – the hairs on the fruit are described as ???reddish brown ??? treelike, star-shaped hairs.