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Wood IDs #1: 2 species of branches found in my green waste bin - what are they?

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Blog entry by Gary Fixler posted 03-08-2009 09:26 PM 872 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve had quite a weekend here in LA with the free wood gathering. It’s laughable to you folks on farms, or out in the deep woods with harvestable lumber all around you, but here, we have to beg for our scraps, or put down hard earned cash at the stores :)

Thursday night after work, I came home to find the green plant-matter bin out by the road, indicating the gardeners had been by (landlady pays for them 2x/mo). Unusually, however, were limbs sticking out of it. I only have a few trees, and they don’t really have anything like dying limbs that I can use. I’ve been interested in collecting usably-sized branches in the many species decorating streets and lawns here for use in my mini lathe, so it was an exciting moment. They don’t appear to have come from my yard, so it’s possible the gardners found them in their truck and threw them in my bin when they finished their work. I’d love help identifying them both.

Here are some shots of the first, twisty one:
unidentified branch found in my plant-waste bin after the gardeners left

The leaves were fuzzy, and weed-like, and I’m guessing this is considered simply a very large weed.
unidentified leaves from a found limb - fuzzy surface

It goes from a tree-like brown bark to a green, plant/weed-like thing in an almost linear progression as the branches split and narrow.
note how the limb goes from bark-like to plant like from right to left

It’s more like a thick weed at this end:
weed-like end of unidentified found limb

The bulb-like, twisting bottom was obviously underground, with the dirt caked around it, and it appears they wrenched it free, perhaps with a shovel.
twisty base of plant/tree was originally underground

twisty plant base was wrenched free from the ground

There are more pics in the beginning of the Flickr set here

The second species is a simpler, straighter-limbed thing. It had no leaves whatsoever, but tons of twigs in a very busy display. Here are some pics:

unknown tree species #2 limbs

Lots of twigs:
twiggy, unidentified tree limb

The gardeners, not realizing how important these things are, were obviously a bit rough with this limb :)
broken branch of unidentified tree species

One last shot of a twig, in case it helps any:
twig of unknown species of tree

So… any ideas? I wish trees all grew with some kind of unique ID, or a barcode :)

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator



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Dusty56

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#1 posted 03-08-2009 09:59 PM

Well it’s not Poison Ivy at least ! I wish I could help you on this matter . I’m trying to learn some of my local barks , etc., so I can identify trees / branches myself .

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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Gary Fixler

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#2 posted 03-08-2009 10:53 PM

You’ve done it again, Rob! I think that first one is indeed a Pride of Madeira, though the internet does not seem to like ‘lifting up the dress’ to show me the less ornate bits (the ‘trunk’) underneath. They sure are pretty when they’re not balled up in my green city trash bin!

Any thoughts as to the twiggy, leafless enigma in the second set of pics?

Thanks again! You’re amazing.

Dusty – that’s why I’m doing this, too. Just want to learn all I can, and figured this was a good forum for not only learning, but sharing the knowledge with all immediately, as I learn it :)

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#3 posted 03-23-2009 08:26 PM

this is like watching an episode of CSI!!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#4 posted 03-23-2009 10:07 PM

Have you posted this question to the experts on our sister site , “Garden Tenders” ?
You’re already a member so all you have to do is sign in : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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Gary Fixler

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#5 posted 03-24-2009 12:08 AM

Debbie – I know! Exciting, isn’t it? :)

Dusty – That’s a great idea. Rob in the first comment here nailed down the Pride of Madeira for me, but I still don’t know what the other branch is. Thanks for the tip!

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#6 posted 03-24-2009 12:23 AM

definitely! I’m almost on the edge of my seat watching you play detective, waiting for you to solve the case :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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