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Coccoloba uvifera as manzanita substitute?

Discussion in 'General Plant Topics' started by pepetj, Dec 19, 2010.

  1. pepetj

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    I've been exploring some coastal areas at the South-East of Santo Domingo City en route to popular beach sites and seldom visited spots for snorkeling since late 2009.

    I've noticed along the coastline the twisted roots and branching systems the Coccoloba uvifera (common Spanish name: Uva de Playa) plant develop as they conquer such inhospitable life sustaining environmental conditions.

    The "soil" is nothing but calcareous hard rock structures made from dead corals. A particular spot called my attention last year, it was partially burned from what seemed to me natural causes: like a lighting struck there.

    I went back to this place a couple of weeks ago and noticed this collection of twisted branches at soil level embedded in the rock that reminded me of Manzanita pieces. I went with my wife today to select a few to experiment with them.
    I found some nice pieces of dry Coccoloba uvifera remains "cured" by the elements of Mother Nature. One of them measures around 40" long, I just placed it in a 40gal 4 footer I'm re-doing.
    Have any of you experimented with this tree's wood as driftwood?

    Santo Domingo
    #1 pepetj, Dec 19, 2010
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  2. Tom Barr

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    When in Roma, eat pizza and pasta........

    Tom Barr

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