Re: Tropiflora, Acacia Bull horn
Sounds like a fun time, Jim!!! VERY interesting about the Bull Horn Acacia.
Definitely an interesting looking tree too. Looks very similar to the Texas
native Cat claw Acacia, but don't think that one is an Ant-plant. Did a bit
of reading and found a site that said that there are some native Florida
species of ants that have been reported to take up residence in the Bull Horn.
Let me know how it does for you, especially in a pot.
Have seen a lot of different Acacias being offered here lately of interest.
Unfortunately I don't have the room for any more. One interesting one also
was the shoestring Acacia, Acacia stenophylum. Unfortunately it gets to be a
big tree. Haven't seen the Bull Horn Acacia offered though, will have to
check it out.
Sorry just now responding, I'm very behind on all the lists. Have lots of
catching up to do.
Texas Gulf Coast
In a message dated 4/4/2004 11:02:34 PM Central Standard Time,
Today was Tropiflora's annual Spring "event." This year, it was
bigger, more ambitious than ever. Maybe a dozen huge greenhouses loaded
with bromeliads, orchids, fat plants, succulents, and just plain
odd-ball stuff at bargain prices. All that, plus another 20 or so other
plant venders [some of whom are direct competitors to Tropiflora] with
booths, guys selling pulled-pork bar-b-cue, calypso musicians playing
steel drums, and old guys [like moi] shuttling customers with their
plant purchases back to their vehicles in golf carts. At least four
tropical fruit growers, including two from Florida's east coast, were
there. It was a true plant carnival.
And the weather was perfect. Mid -70s, not humid, slight breeze. "Now I
know why I live here," the short one said without prompting. She came
home from a week in Massachusetts yesterday.
One of the more interesting plants we bought was [NOREEN] an ant
plant--a Bull's Horn Acacia [Acacia sphaerocephala Chamisso]. Here's a
picture and some fascinating lore.
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