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    05 / 15 / 2018

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  • Posted by

    Carl Gus


This tree is growing in the Sonoran desert (Arizona), and the pods make a popping sound when they expel the seed. Small tiny connected leaves on stems. What is this interesting tree and help me understand it’s mechanism of expelling the seeds with such force.


  • Joey Sabin Unregistered says:

    lets try this again. Could someone P-L-E-A-S-E identify this tree?! I have one in my yard that my neighbor has poisoned and all a I can find about it on the internet is this site that tells me nothing!!!

    May 4th, 2022 at 7:48pm

  • Joey Sabin Unregistered says:

    Could someone P-L-E-A-S-E identify this tree?! I have one in my yard that my neighbor has identified and all a I can get about it on the internet is this site that tells nothing!!!

    May 4th, 2022 at 7:45pm

  • Nik Unregistered says:

    Mine is different…I think, I am in phoenix and mine definitely is a tree but the pods look different than the ones in the link provided. Is there another tree that pops its seeds out? I would describe the pods as more like peas in a pod.

    May 8th, 2021 at 4:00am

  • blanca Unregistered says:

    I fell in love with this intrusting tree I was park by this house to pick up something I bought from them. When I thought it was a bird dropping seeds then I noticed the popping sound over and over I took a closer look when I realized its the seed pods popping really cool so I googled popping tree came into this site yep thats the same tree. Would love to find one for sell

    September 12th, 2020 at 3:46pm

  • Carl Gus Registered says: Bingo… Thank you.

    May 19th, 2018 at 4:00pm

  • Carl Registered says:

    Thank you for your reply. This particular plant is a tree. I’m familiar with desert bird of paradise, which is blooming in our region now. This tree doesn’t have any flowers currently, maybe post bloom. Can the desert bird of paradise grow into a tree? Thank you for your insights and thoughts. Best, Carl

    May 19th, 2018 at 3:45pm

  • laura735 Master Identifier says:

    You might this third link interesting.

    May 16th, 2018 at 12:04pm

  • laura735 Master Identifier says:

    link to exploding seed pods.

    May 16th, 2018 at 12:59pm

  • laura735 Master Identifier says:

    I wish I could see its flowers. However these leaves & fruits appear from a species in the Caesalpinnia genus, perhaps C. mexicana (Meixican bird of paradise) (?). Check out the second & third included links for further information of exploding fruits/seedpods. Click on images to enlarge.If this isn’t Caesalpinia, make new post with photo of flowers. Best wishes!

    May 16th, 2018 at 12:53pm

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