Can anyone identify this tree..seen in Richmond Park.?
It looks distinctive, and the whole-tree photo is useful, but do you have any close-ups showing the shoots / leaf buds / leaves / flowers / fruit (even old fruit/berries on the ground from last year)?
Unfortunately that is the only photo.. I'm thinking the trunk looks like Banyan, but the foliage isn't clear enough, nor are there any signs of its distinctive seed pods.
Still a bit fuzzy, but I'm leaning towards either:
- dawn redwood, Metasequoia glyptostroboides
- swamp cypress, Taxodium distichum
Maybe you can remember the leaves better than I can see them in the photo; so maybe you can see if one of those fits (plenty of info and images on Google).
I note the Friends of Richmond Park have a guided walk planned for 5apr14
Maybe somebody there will know; or maybe you can get in touch with the Friends independently.
Thyanks for all your info. I had thought of a Sequoia, of sorts..or a redwood.
It's not my foto..I'm doing this on behalf of a friend who took it.
The walk sounds interesting.
We've both emailed Richmond Park but have not received replies.
I've nearly gone doolally, looking at Google images, randomly! I'll look for the two you name, now.
It's tantalising, isn't it? I'll have to go up there myself..seek it out and take more fotos!
There's a tag on the tree, apparently, with 2 numbers on it. When I enquired of the Park, what the code referred to, the chap I spoke to had no idea!
Thank goodness it's now been identified...and we had a glorious afternoon, in the sun, at the Isabella Plantation:-)