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Q: Botanical Names For Trees ( No Answer,   3 Comments )
Subject: Botanical Names For Trees
Category: Science > Agriculture and Farming
Asked by: rinkler-ga
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Posted: 02 Feb 2006 21:04 PST
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Question ID: 440788
Hi, I need help identifying 11 trees.  Here is a link to photos of the
trees at the Ophoto (Kodak) website:

I need the latin botanical names for each of these trees.  In some
cases, I have provided multiple photos of the same tree to assist with
identification.  For example, Tree 1.1 and Tree 1.2 are the same tree.
 Tree 2.0 and Tree 2.1 are all photos of the second tree....

Thanks for your help,


Clarification of Question by rinkler-ga on 03 Feb 2006 08:02 PST
Hi, thanks for your help.

The photos were taken in January 2006.  The trees are located in
Saratoga, California.

Yes, #s 3 and 8 are definitely eucalypts of some type (I just need
their respective botanical names).  And yes, # 5 is definitely an
olive tree of some sort.

And #9 (I believe) is some sort of an English Laurel (I just don't
know the botanical name).

And # 10 (without ane leaves or fruit) is a fig tree (we eat the figs
in the summer time).

# 6 and # 7 are Oak trees (I would like a suggestion on their
respective botanical names).

I hope this helps.  And I may be able to provide more clarification if needed.



Clarification of Question by rinkler-ga on 06 Feb 2006 21:50 PST
Great, thanks for the clarification.

I have sufficient information on many of the trees. I want to focus on
1, 2, 6, 7 and 11.  I'm going to assume that 6 and 7 are the same.  6
and 7 stand about 32 feet tall.

# 1 stands about 18 feet tall.  # 2 stands about 35 feet tall.  #11
stands about 15 feet tall.


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Subject: Re: Botanical Names For Trees
From: hardtofindbooks-ga on 03 Feb 2006 04:41 PST

Firstly it might be useful to supply a little more information if
available. Like the location of the trees, the time of year photos
were taken, heights, ages and so on. Accurate identification, even if
possible, by photos will often require specific features to be
identifiable, like the relationships between leaves and the stems
(e.g. do leaves pair or alternate on stems, detail of floral
structure, etc. And a decent photograph doesn't hurt either, I defy
anyone to identify #10 (there you go, that ensures someone will do

Trees are not exactly my bag, especially Northern hemispere ones, but
here are some thoughts.

#3 & #8 are eucalypts, from the leaf relationships and flowers,
gumnuts I believe they are both genus Eucalyptus, the bark looks like
Ironbark, the flowers of #8 could make it Eucalyptus sideroxylon, the
Red Ironbark. The smaller number of nuts but generally similar
appearance of #3 suggest the related subspecies Eucalyptus tricarpa.

#5 looks a bit like an olive to me, Olea europaea
Subject: Re: Botanical Names For Trees
From: hardtofindbooks-ga on 06 Feb 2006 00:11 PST
#3 What colour are the flowers on #3 and do you know when it flowers?
Eucalyptus tricarpa is similar to sideroxylon (both are Red Ironbark)
with fewer pink-red flowers flowers in its inflorescence, larger buds
and fruit and broader juvenile foliage.

#4 looks like a birch of some sort?

#5 despite the fact that their are hundreds of cultivars of the edible
olive they are all known by the same binomial botanical name Olea

#8 As the Red Ironbark will flower through winter that makes it even
more likely that #8 is Eucalyptus sideroxylon.

#9 if it is an English Laurel aka Cherry Laurel or Laurel Cherry its
botanical name is Prunus laurocerasus

#10 same situation as for #5 despite the presence of many different
cultivars the standard binomial name for the common edible fig is
Ficus carica
Subject: Re: Botanical Names For Trees
From: hardtofindbooks-ga on 07 Feb 2006 00:00 PST
If you think #6 & #7 are the same my best guess is the Coast Live Oak,
Quercus agrifolia. It is probably the most common oak in California
and the resemblance of the spinose leaves in 6.1 to these
makes it a good bet.

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