Anyone have an idea what this thing is?
I started a thread at Permies.com but no one has posted a reply. Anyone out there have an idea?
I found it growing while on a walk to this little beach area near my house:
I just posted the picture because it’s beautiful, not because there’s any relation to my plant ID question.
On the ridge about 100′ up from that little bay I found my mystery plant. The leaves really remind me of a pawpaw. Unfortunately, I was unable to find any seeds in the fruit or on the ground. All of them must have been stripped out – along with most of the pulp – by rats or fruit bats.
It’s a nice big fruit, though. If I can’t get an ID here or on Permies, I’m going to call a local scientist I know and see if he has any leads for me.