The Chamois Tree

DSCN3046_edited-2If it looks like chamois, and feels like chamois, does that make it a chamois tree?

DSCN3051_edited-2It will turn anyone into a tree hugger.

DSCN3046_edited-1I’m not sure, but I think this is a Cajeput tree.

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    1. It’s intriguing to touch and to look at, Tim. Feels exactly like my red suede shoes.

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      1. That is a nice description.

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  1. That’s pretty amazing! The flowers (?) are interesting.

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    1. Yes Gunta those are flowers, and it’s a very charming tree. So pleasing to look at that it made me give it a fond little caress, and voilà I then knew that it’s just as pleasant to the skin as to the eyes.

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  2. I just love trees MK but I’m no expert on which one this is. No matter, It’s worth a big hug!
    Karen

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    1. If it is a Cajput tree, then it comes from somewhere in Australia. I will give it a hug for you, Karen.

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  3. Never seen a tree such as this, it is beautiful. I like the two distinct clusters, the horizontal branch, the unique bark; though I doubt you could wipe a car dry with it, eh. 🙂

    Thank you, MK for expanding my world.

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    1. Thank you Peter for visiting my world! I think if a kid would climb this tree, there wouldn’t be any skinned knees.

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  4. great texture, but I can’t help you

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    1. Thanks Bernie. I think at least we can eliminate “flannel tree” and “suede tree”, huh?

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  5. Now I want to touch it too! 🙂

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    1. They have that effect! 🙂

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  6. A beautiful tree! What lovely exfoliating bark. Melaleuca quinquenervia – Australian native. The oil from this product is used in cleaning products. Sap can be a skin irritant – maybe not so huggable after all! 😉 Your great photos that really show the details.

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    1. Uh-oh… I better go wash my hands! I pet these trees every time I walk past them. I was hoping you’d give me the real name, and I knew you’d like it, Eliza. It’s vibe is very easy going. I’ve been thinking about all your plant posts, and the fact that you’re so knowledgeable. You pay such close attention to Mother Nature.

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      1. Well I expect they can’t be too toxic as they’ve planted them in CA & FL, among others.
        I’ve always loved plants since I was young, it’s my calling. I cannot imagine life without plants!

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  7. I’ve never seen anything like this. Wish I could touch it and give it a hug too!

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    1. It’s quite a charming tree, Val. I was searching the internet trying to find the identity, and I see that in the USA it’s mostly found in Florida. I have only seen it here in my little neighborhood, not in most places around Los Angeles.

      If you wrap a baby blanket around the nearest tree, and then hug it, you’ll be in the chamois tree zone.

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