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Old 11-22-2017, 09:36 PM
 
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I was walking on a off road trail in a park when I saw two tennis balls high up, one on each two adjacent trees. Then I thought about it, no way those are tennis balls — they are too big for tennis balls, and how did they stay up there on a windy day like this. However, the color and texture of those things are just like tennis balls. I’d never seen these, do you know what they are?
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Old 11-22-2017, 10:26 PM
 
Location: Heart of Dixie
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Osage orange (Maclura pomifera).
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Old 11-25-2017, 11:26 AM
 
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Osage orange (Maclura pomifera).
Thanks, I think that's what it is.

I went back and found a similar tree that shed all its fruits on ground. I picked one up and dissected it. The inside has this super sticky, milk like fluid. Then, I had trouble cleaning it up from my expensive knife blade. In the end, I used my daughter's nail polish remover and that worked.
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Old 11-25-2017, 03:44 PM
 
Location: Laurentia
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It definitely looks like an Osage Orange.

It is a member of the Mulberry family and native to northeast Texas though it has been successfully planted elsewhere.

The fruits are not poisonous like commonly thought but are not commonly eaten by people as they have a relatively bitter taste and are quite sticky. Horses sometimes do eat them though!

It's a pretty cool find though
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Old 11-25-2017, 04:05 PM
 
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<sigh> we have them , or something similar in Middle Tennessee. I say "or something similar" because the trees they grow on have spike thorns big enough to puncture the tires on our old farm tractor.

None of my horses would touch the "fruit" and I have never seen bites taken out of any that have fallen from trees along the road.

One would think there would be some useful purpose for something this big -- especially when the thorns of its tree are as big as spikes. i have asked several of the farm folk in this area and not one of them has anything nice to say about these "fruits", lol
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Old 11-25-2017, 10:15 PM
 
Location: Heart of Dixie
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...The inside has this super sticky, milk like fluid...
Yeah, that's latex.
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Old 11-25-2017, 11:31 PM
 
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On the farm in Kansas, we called them hedge apples. Some animals love them.


They are truly nasty. Milky sticky nasty things.
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