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Wood I.D. Please (experts only!)

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Summertime, Feb 18, 2009.

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  1. Summertime

    Summertime New Member

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    Can anyone i.d. this wood for me? it was in a southern area. A very unique tree.

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  2. Tree farmer

    Tree farmer New Member

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    That tree actually scares me! If I had to work with that all the time I think I would be in a different line of work.
  3. BrianW

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    It looks like a Banyan tree to me. Does it have numerous roots that extend to the ground, - forming new trunks? Thats how it appears in the photo. Banyan's are a tropical tree... you said south.... how south????

    Brian
  4. fossil

    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

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    Dunno. Looks like it took a lightning strike but refused to die. Rick
  5. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    I could tell ya, but I'm not an expert... :lol:
  6. Malatesta

    Malatesta New Member

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    Looks Like Munster or OZ.
  7. GVA

    GVA Minister of Fire

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    Chop it down, down, down, and down and give us some pics of the splits..........
  8. myzamboni

    myzamboni Minister of Fire

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    I agree. They have them on Oahu that look just like this. (note: i am not an expert)
  9. fossil

    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

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    Wait 'til late summer, walk past it, make a nasty crack about rotten apples and see what it does. Rick
  10. fyrwoodguy

    fyrwoodguy Feeling the Heat

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    seems like a good idea to me :)
  11. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa Minister of Fire

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    I couldn't tell ya cuz I’m not an expert. Looks like too tangled a mess to make it into firewood. I'd cut the ugly thing down and build a big bonfire. Maybe you could find a few witches too and have a party.
  12. madrone

    madrone Minister of Fire

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    Jehoshaphat! Run! Drop the camera and run!

    Oh man, he hasn't posted for awhile, do you think he made it?
  13. hensonconst1

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    I am guessing there is a swamp near by (not an expert)
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    If it looks like a tree, grows like a tree and burns like tree then I feel safe identifying it as a tree. In my book, trees come in various sizes ranging from small to gigantic. Yours fits into the 'big' tree classification.

    I am an expert. Just not a tree expert. ;-)
  15. Summertime

    Summertime New Member

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    I believe you may be correct, I was very south in Costa Rica and instantly thought of the Hearth when I saw this tree, The vines grow down and reroot themselves.
    I am surprised that you guys guessed the tree so soon!!

    Below is another enormous tree I saw down there.

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    I see dead BTU"S!!!!
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    raybonz Minister of Fire

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    It's the talking tree from the Wizard of Oz in my non-expert opinion...
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    Had one next to my house in FL, Banyan is correct. They can actually move across the ground, albeit slowly. they move on the roots that drop that also give it that monstrous look.
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    Woooohoooo. I got it right. I was just at the Honolulu zoo last week and took a picture of a banyan myself.
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    pulldownclaw New Member

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    The only reason those trees get that big is cuz their 'aint no woodburners down there! :cheese:
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    Summertime New Member

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    Aaah but there are woodburners!! like the guy I saw piling splits in his woodshed, They have a wood fired grill in thier restaurant that I had fresh fish cooked on. ;)

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    I knew I'd be corrected quickly! %-P

    Nothing better than a fish sandwich and a Red Stripe while soakin' up that sun......sounds mighty good today.
  23. PA. Woodsman

    PA. Woodsman Minister of Fire

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    Looks like the tree from the movie "The legend of Sleepy Hollow"! That's freakin' me out!!


    "STAY AWAY FROM IT....FAR AWAY...."
  24. jpl1nh

    jpl1nh Minister of Fire

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    Another name for banyon tree is strangler fig. By either name it's in the ficus family, most likely ficus nitida. They get the name strangler fig because they often start growing as an epiphyte, meaning they are growing off the ground, up in the forest canopy. The seeds germinate in the duff that collects in the crotches of trees. The young plant quickly will send down air roots which contract when they touch the ground firmly anchoring the young plant in place and creating a vital water and nutrient supply from the soil. As the tree matures, it can send down so many air roots which become so massive that they end up literally strangling the original host tree leaving the ficus in its place often with the appearance of being suspended on lots of stilts. Like any wood, ficus burns but its comparable to a softwood. Like its close relative the rubber tree, its sap has a very high latex component.
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    'think maybe you've had too much birch beer.....
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