"Flower and Leaves of the Autograph Tree"

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© Michael F. OBrien
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The Autograph tree was brought into Hawai'i as an ornamental plant. The tree has an apple sized green fruit. As the fruit dries, it opens at one end and disperses tiny red seeds. The fruit drops to the ground and turns into a hard star shape that is quite attractive.

The Autograph tree gets it's common name because of the leaves. Each leaf is fairly large, 5 to 8 inches, oval, thick and sturdy. You can scratch the leaf with a sharp object and it will remove the dark green outer layer and reveal a light green inner layer. People write messages, their name, love notes and other types of graffiti into the leaves. The messages stay as long as the leaf is attached to the tree, often months. The leaves have also been used in the past as playing cards.

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  • Nadeem Shafi

    Nadeem Shafi gave props (17 Dec 2011):

    Intriguing flower. Really like how you have capturd it seated in the deep green of the leaves.

  • marie canat

    marie canat gave props (3 Apr 2012):

    The colours and shapes are very strong yet the result is quite delicate! This tree seems intriguing indeed!

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