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Saturday September 12, 2015 - Cattail Falls - Part I[...]I see leaves like these in other wet parts of the Chisos. What tree is this?[...]Cattail Falls. More of those leaves...
... occurs in the cooler canyons within the lower elevations.... In summer, it produces large, three-lobed pods that contain dark, brown poisonous berries.
Unfortunately, you don't have anything in these photos to show the scale of the trees' or their leaves' sizes (other than Cattail Falls and the Chisos Mountains, I guess...), but I think these are examples of Ungnadia speciosa, the Mexican Buckeye or Monilla. Wauer and Fleming in their classic Naturalist's Big Bend state that itQuote... occurs in the cooler canyons within the lower elevations.... In summer, it produces large, three-lobed pods that contain dark, brown poisonous berries.If you look at the upper right edge of the lower picture, you'll see what appears to be a seed pod that matches that description. Be glad that you didn't decide to snack on them!
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