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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Looking For Obscure Durian books
« on: March 01, 2013, 01:44:28 PM »

Since
Ecology and the Durian Theory by Peter Ashton

sounds like a very small  book, you may even want to try Peter Ashton personally at Harvard.  He may be able to provide you with a scanned copy.

John

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Tropical Fruit Online Library / Re: Flora Malesiana free PDF
« on: February 27, 2013, 11:19:55 PM »
Ok, I tried the search again just for Malesiana, not Flora Malesiana & I hit the jackpot.  Thanks!

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Tropical Fruit Online Library / Re: Flora Malesiana free PDF
« on: February 27, 2013, 11:18:20 PM »
I must just be thick.  I see three listings but they are all the same volume of Flora Malesiana so I guess I am doing something wrong...

John

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There are at least a couple of vendors offering R. fitzalanii seeds on Ebay.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sterculia urceolata
« on: February 27, 2013, 12:51:04 PM »
Hi Derek,

I believe that the seeds are generally the edible part of Sterculias.  I tried to do a quick search, since if the fruit were useful as well, it might be more interesting.  The only reference I see that refers to its edibility is here:
http://www.mekonginfo.org/assets/midocs/0001684-environment-edible-nuts.pdf
on page 45 where it refers to it having edible seeds.  Not sure if the rest of the fruit is supposed to be edible.  Evidently its Indonesian name is jebung, so maybe inquiring with locals about this fruit may shed more light on it.

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Tropical Fruit Online Library / Trees from the North of Republic of Congo
« on: February 27, 2013, 12:28:39 PM »
Just wondering if anyone has picked up this book from Kew:
http://congotrees.rbge.org.uk/

The book looks interesting but I am wondering if there is a lot more "meat" in the book than offered on the website.  I'd appreciate a review from anyone who might have it.

John

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Tropical Fruit Online Library / Re: Baccaurea / Malesian Euphorbiaceae
« on: February 27, 2013, 11:59:43 AM »
Too bad, Derek.  The fruit sounded / looked interesting.  Did you offer any of your "mystery fruit" for sale earlier?  It would be good to know some got distributed elsewhere (increases the odds of solving the mystery).

John

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Genipa americana (Iguantil, Jagua)
« on: February 26, 2013, 09:59:48 PM »
If anyone has to have this, keep an eye on Trade Winds Fruit.  They had seeds last year.  I've got a couple of small trees started.

John

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: New to forum
« on: February 26, 2013, 12:26:40 AM »
Hey HFG, where in Hakalau is your dad's place?  (not exact address but about where) Maybe we were neighbors; we used to rent in Hakalau while we were having our house built -- off of Kauniho on Old Mamalahoa Hwy.

John

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Zanthoxylum / Sichuan pepper
« on: February 25, 2013, 01:06:36 PM »
Thanks for the info, Dan.  Last I looked, I didn't find any US sources & the seeds are restricted so you cannot just get them (legally) with a small lots of seed permit.  Evidently, they are related to citrus so their importation is regulated to prevent bringing new citrus diseases in.  I just ordered some seed.

I am not sure that these will really be happy here (HI) so I am also still looking for some of the SE Asian species that are used similarly in cooking.

John

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: New to forum
« on: February 25, 2013, 11:51:03 AM »
Welcome to the group, HFG!  I don't know if where you are on Maui tends to get as wet as here but you will be able to "enjoy" the soggy winters if you are coming to UHH.  I live in Hilo area, Pauka'a, just 5 miles outside of the city.  I am just in the process of beginning to replant so I don't have an orchard established at present.

John

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Zanthoxylum / Sichuan pepper
« on: February 25, 2013, 11:36:36 AM »
Anyone growing any of the Zanthoxylum species used as spices (such as Sichuan pepper)?

John

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Derek,

I have never tried any of the Dialium species but it sounds like they are legumes with edible pulp that surrounds the seed.  Is that the case with these as well?  Is there much pulp in this species?

Thanks,
John

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Tropical Fruit Online Library / Baccaurea / Malesian Euphorbiaceae
« on: February 23, 2013, 01:10:48 PM »
While doing a search on one of the less common Baccaurea species, I came across this page.  I searched this site before & never found this -- I wonder what else is hidden there but not easy to find ...

http://www.nationaalherbarium.nl/euphorbs/Search/UseFruits.htm

John

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Tropical Fruit Online Library / Re: Flora Malesiana free PDF
« on: February 23, 2013, 01:07:24 PM »
RD, I looked around on the site but only saw this issue there.  How do you access the other issues?

Thanks,
John

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mobolo thin flesh and great taste
« on: February 22, 2013, 07:03:28 PM »
I had looked at this fruit before but written it off when one writer compared the scent to cat feces.  Sounds like that is not the typical fruit from your postings.  I guess I will need to check further to see who has "good" varieties.

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Not growing it but looking for it for a while.  It sounds like a really interesting fruit and sounds like it might be good for erosion control (I was thinking of planting some in the pali (steep slope).

Where did you find seeds?  I had been looking for it as Chrysophyllum soboliferum.  Maybe I would have more luck using the Prodosia species name. 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Putting Orchids on your Fruit Trees
« on: February 18, 2013, 10:54:22 PM »
Orchids should do fine in your trees.  Just bear in mind that they will not look like greenhouse orchids -- you will get pests and may have a slug or something munch on a blossom on occasion -- they will look like real orchids in the wild, they will be beautiful but may have a few "warts" due to pests.  Try to site them so that they will get the sun appropriate for the plant (but as someone pointed out, this may change as the tree grows).  We have put quite a few in the trees in the Panaewa zoo here in Hilo.  There are some Brassias in full sun on palm tree trunks that look at bit stressed but are blooming just about nonstop.  If you try phalaenopsis, be sure to mount them as they grow in nature, with the crown of the plant facing downward (at least less than horizontal) so that water can drain out of the crown to avoid crown rot.

John

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Annona hybrids
« on: February 16, 2013, 08:54:48 PM »
Hi Thera,

The place I am talking about locally is in Hilo & I am not sure if they ship.  It is Birds & Buds (808) 959-5750; I think the owner is David if I recall correctly.  I don't recall him telling me the clonal name was Maroochy Gold but it is probably unlikely that there is more than one atemoya x squamosa clone readily available. 

John

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Annona hybrids
« on: February 16, 2013, 04:03:42 PM »
Thanks, guys.  I suspect 'Maroochy Gold' might be the cultivar I can get locally.   How would you rate fruit flavor / quality?

I'll have to drop Gaunabanas a note on this subject.

John

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Annona hybrids
« on: February 16, 2013, 02:52:50 PM »
I recall reading in the past about work on interspecific hybrids in Annona (or even intergeneric with Rollinia or Duguetia).  I believe that work was being done in the US, Australia, South Africa, & Israel however, all I ever saw was vague references to work being done.  Does anyone know any good resources on this or can anyone shed any light on things that may have been introduced as a result?  One of our local nurseries will graft trees with a atemoya backcrossed onto squamosa.  I plan on picking up a tree or two of that be I am wondering if there is anything else out there...

John

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Dioecious trees
« on: February 15, 2013, 12:38:03 PM »
I have something I am hoping to do as I get my orchard established and it just want to bounce the idea off of the group to see if there are any potential problems I am missing.  On dioecious trees, I am thinking of top working male trees (if I have more than I need) and grafting female scions onto them; I may even leave a few male branches.  Anyone see anything I might be missing here why that may not work?  The trees that come to mind are mainly Baccaurea and Garcinia but there could be others as things progress.

John

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Tip of the Day
« on: February 15, 2013, 12:31:34 PM »
I noticed a string on kepel (Stelechocarpus burahol) a while back but it was WAY late to comment on that.  If anyone is starting kepel, be sure to give them PLENTY of time to sprout.  I got my seed from Oscar at Fruitlovers so it was fresh.  It took 10 months for the first couple to break the surface.  Then nothing for 2 months.  Then 2 more.  Then, again, another lag and then by about 15 months the rest germinated.  I think I ordered 25 seed and about 1/2 germinated.  So, don't pitch those ungerminated kepel seeds too quickly.

John

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Prainea limpato Seedlings
« on: February 13, 2013, 01:19:40 PM »
Maybe a fungal problem like "damping off"?  You might try a fungicide or just try to grow them as dry as possible to inhibit fungus (that can be tricky -- too dry for fungus but wet enough for the seedlings). 

I am going through the same thing with some ndea seedlings now.  One day, they look fine.  The next day, they are just gone -- not even a wilted, dead seedling is apparent.  I think I might be finally getting an upper hand with my seedlings.

Good luck with your Prainea seedlings.  I have been looking for seed for years and Red Durian just sold his last lot of seed when I was about to order.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Apocynaceae
« on: February 11, 2013, 05:03:47 PM »
Hi Oscar,

What specie(s) do you have?  Have you tried these before?  I know that the sour aspect varies a lot from species to species and even within some species so that some are quite good and others are almost inedible. 

John

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