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Re: Help with mystery nut - part 1
  • Subject: Re: Help with mystery nut - part 1
  • From: "Pat" <Pat.Creighton@shaw.ca>
  • Date: Fri, 23 Nov 2012 16:15:51 -0800


Hi Jan;  We love our cats, too, but as of this past week, we now have only a new batch -- all girls!  Just haven't had time to update blogs. )-;  The new cats are all on the Facebook page.
Your tree is a SWEET chestnut according to the leaf shape, that isn't so stiff and strictly lined, and according to the flower color, so should be safe.  If you want to look the trees up that have been mentioned, I will list them below.  Even the horse chestnut is only bad for children if they don't wash their hands after handling:

Aesculus pavia - buckeye

Aesculus hippocastanum - horse chestnut

Castanea sativa - sweet chestnut

HTH.....Pat and the menagerie
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, November 23, 2012 4:06 PM
Subject: Re: [iris-photos] Help with mystery nut - part 1

Pat love your blog.  Love your cats photo.  I learned something new as well.  Thanks.
Janet Smith

On Fri, Nov 23, 2012 at 3:59 PM, Pat <Pat.Creighton@shaw.ca> wrote:

Jeff, perhaps yours were the horse chestnuts:  http://museum.gov.ns.ca/poison/?section=species&id=64 shows that there is no danger in handling, but DO NOT EAT.  If you know anything about warfarin, (rat poison), you will understand the concern around ingestion or eating.
Flowers:  Regular chestnut as shown in Jan's photo:  http://www.ontariopics.com/NiagaraFalls/Flowers/chestnut-flower-7050.html
              Horse chestnut, which are a concern:  http://www.arkive.org/horse-chestnut/aesculus-hippocastanum/image-A17806.html  It looks like the leaf size may be bigger, too.
Pat and the menagerie
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, November 23, 2012 3:17 PM
Subject: Re: [iris-photos] Help with mystery nut - part 1

I don’t remember blooms like that on Ohio buckeyes  --  although I admit it’s been awhile.  Maybe white or beige ones and smaller.  --  Griff
Sent: Friday, November 23, 2012 5:46 PM
Subject: Re: [iris-photos] Help with mystery nut - part 1

For the sake of comparison, here are a couple of photos of a buckeye tree in bloom at the Denver Botanic Gardens the May just past.   It is likely an Ohio buckeye.  I don't think it was labeled.  Someone of the strollers in the garden identified it for me.  I think it is really beautiful.  Let's hope your daughter's is as beautiful.
Betty Gunther
Los Alamos

On 10/20/2012 9:25 AM, Jan Lauritzen wrote:
Thank you, Peggy.  We went to Wikipedia and learned that they are definitely poisonous.  That is one of the reasons I wanted to identify the nut.  I like to know what is unsafe in the yard.

Thanks again,

Jan in Chatsworth

From: dpmallen tds.net mailto:dpmallen@tds.net
To: iris-photos@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Saturday, October 20, 2012 3:50 AM
Subject: Re: [iris-photos] Help with mystery nut - part 1
Do not eat the buckeyes - they are poisonous.  Peggy

On Sat, Oct 20, 2012 at 1:36 AM, Jan Lauritzen <janicelauritzen@yahoo.com> wrote:
Hi Kent,

Didn't realize that there was a California Buckeye.  My daughter is checking Google images as I type.  She says "There's a really good chance that you are correct."  Ours do not have the spines on the seed pods like the Western and Ohio seem to have. 

Thank you so much. 

Jan in Chatsworth

From: Kent Pfeiffer <kentepfeiffer@gmail.com>
To: iris-photos@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Friday, October 19, 2012 10:00 PM
Subject: Re: [iris-photos] Help with mystery nut - part 1
It's a buckeye, probably a California Buckeye (Aesculus californica).


On 10/19/12, Jan Lauritzen <mailto:janicelauritzen%40yahoo.com> wrote:
> Hi All,
> My daughter bought a house last June. We have been watching a tree produce
> what we, at first, thought was some kind of fruit. Then we thought it might
> be an almond but the leaves didn't look right. They have been getting
> bigger and bigger and now are splitting into 3 parts at the end of the
> fruit. Inside is something which, to me, looks like it resembles some kind
> of chestnut. However, we are in Southern California and I never even see
> Chestnuts except a few in the market in December.
> Would really like to know what we have. If you can help, thank you ahead of
> time.
> Jan in Chatsworth


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