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We saw this tree and thought there were tennis balls in it. Upon closer inspection, it seems there is some kind of fruit growing in it. Several had fallen on the ground. The fruit is yellow and looks almost like a brain in texture (not smooth). We brought one home in a plastic bag. It has a weird odor and feels rubbery. Can anyone identify this or are they alien pods that will take over our bodies?



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Comment by Dasiavue on February 26, 2010 at 3:58am
... its odor is best described as pig-shit, turpentine and onions, garnished with a gym sock. It can be smelled from yards away. (from the Wikipedia article in Gailie's link)
Comment by Dasiavue on December 1, 2009 at 12:16pm
It did remind me of a brain too. My husband brought one home and I took it out to take a macro of it and it was so sticky and stinky that he ended up throwing it out. I saw a few that were splattered on the ground and they reminded me of when you smash a pumpkin (pulp and seeds...all messy). I'm pretty sure it's the osage orange. The article about it did mention the Osage Indians and the bows. It was also used to make posts was staking land in the Old West. The wood is resistant to termites and the fruit supposedly has some medicinal properties (antifungal and antibacterial). I wouldn't recommend growing one in your yard for your husband.... you'll end up with a sticky mess in the fall when the fruit is all over! Thanks for the links and the info.
Comment by Dasiavue on December 1, 2009 at 6:25am
That looks like it may be it, Gailie. Thanks. It was yellow in color (probably ripe fruit) and looked exactly like the ones in the photo. Maybe the Parks Department transplanted the trees to the east coast. That's an excellent article about it. It smells awful...and they said it tastes bad and animals don't even eat it. I'm glad we didn't try it!
Comment by Jova on December 1, 2009 at 4:53am
hmmm twice bigger then fruit on mine shot. Pity there's no leaves. I will see if I have a shot of Platanus bark, it also specific for them only.
Comment by Dasiavue on December 1, 2009 at 4:50am
Radius was about 2-3 inches. Diameter was 4-6inches.
Comment by Jova on December 1, 2009 at 4:13am
How big in radius?
Comment by Dasiavue on December 1, 2009 at 4:10am
These are pretty big...almost the size of a grapefruit. They are edible? They don't smell sweet.
Comment by Lea Wood on December 1, 2009 at 3:56am
it a platanous for sure. every platia in Greece has one. the fruit looks more like one of those disgusting bubble gums my son buys. really, I don't know.
Comment by Jova on December 1, 2009 at 3:12am
It's a Platanus occidentalis fruit (plane tree variation)

There are many variation, all differs how many fruits they have on steam. As more fruits on steam, fruits are smaller. I have in my street mostly this variation but there are lot Platanus in Beograd, so I have seen almost all variation.
Comment by Dasiavue on December 1, 2009 at 3:09am
Would they be in Staten Island, New York? Isn't the climate different here than in India?

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