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Discussion: Fruit

in: kissy; kissy > 2020-09-13

Sep 15, 2020 12:46 AM # 
I want to know what this is.

Don't fail us now, AP.
Sep 15, 2020 2:19 AM # 
It's kinda creepy-looking.
Sep 15, 2020 2:49 AM # 
Help should be on the way. I turned on the TitanArum signal.
Sep 15, 2020 11:07 AM # 
What is the scale/size of the fruit? Hard to tell in the photo. And we are sure the fruit came from the plant in the first image?

My first inclination on the plant is an Asparagus species, probably A. officinalis. But the fruit appear to be much too large and a different morphology. Asparagus fruit I'm familiar with don't get much larger than a half inch in diameter and are generally red at maturity. I don't recognize the fruit offhand.
Sep 15, 2020 12:00 PM # 
The fruit is the size of a lime. It actually looks a lot like a lime, but it was much lighter in weight. It definitely came from this plant because I picked it (!). There were other fruits on the plant, of differing sizes, some smaller but none larger.

I'll try to go back there today and take a closer look.
Sep 15, 2020 12:21 PM # 
The fruit looks like maypop (Passiflora incarnata), but the plant doesn't. Is there any chance there are two plants growing intertwined?
Sep 15, 2020 12:38 PM # 
I'll go back and look, but I'm pretty sure it came from that plant. Also, pictures of the inside of the maypop fruit don't look anything like the inside of the one I found.
Sep 15, 2020 12:55 PM # 
The fruit could well be an unripe Passiflora - that is one I was considering - but the foliage certainly is not any Passiflora I'm familiar with.

Where is this growing?
Sep 15, 2020 12:57 PM # 
The foliage in the very lower left corner looks vaguely like P. incarnata as JJ has alluded to. I suspect that the fruit and the vegetation are not remotely related to each other...
Sep 15, 2020 1:07 PM # 
Passiflora incarnata for reference:

Sep 15, 2020 1:50 PM # 
The location is Fresh Pond Natural Area in Bethany Beach, DE.

So, the plant that I got the fruit from is not the same one as in the picture. I thought later to snap a picture of that type of plant, but I am 99% sure it's the same plant as where the fruit came from. I'm going back this afternoon to collect all of the details!
Sep 16, 2020 1:39 AM # 
Here's a picture of an unripe one that got run over by a car:

and in the background of your picture, as pointed out by Clint:
Sep 16, 2020 2:26 AM # 
Sure looks like the maypop.

Any ideas on the frilly looking plant? I saw some in another forested area (Burton's Island) in soDel, not far from where Kris is currently, that looked like they didn't really belong there. (Lots of greenbriar there too.)
Sep 16, 2020 11:00 AM # 
Another possibility for the fine foliage plant is Eupatorium capillifolium, aka dogfennel. Could still be Asparagus though.
Sep 16, 2020 10:18 PM # 
Mea culpa! 50 lashes for me. I went back this morning and saw that, indeed, the green fruit was from a vine that was intertwined with the frond-like plant, which is most likely from the asparagus family. And the vine is indeed a purple passionflower. Sorry for the confusion. I will try to be a better botanist in the future.


Sep 17, 2020 12:23 AM # 
I'm so glad it worked out this way, such that you ended up getting that awesome flower picture!

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