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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.
zone 9
Texas Gulf Coast

In a message dated 4/4/2004 11:02:34 PM Central Standard Time, 
gardenchat-owner@hort.net writes:
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.


Island Jim
Southwest Florida
Zone 10

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