What even is this tree doing here?! This deciduous tree was found in the northeastern corner of Hahamongna near a water runoff. Huge leaves and huge seed pods.
St. Louis County, Missouri, US
Growing along the farm road between the Beaverkill road and the Bush cemetery.
According to the farm's caretaker, the original owners planted one in the 1930s or 40s, and they have naturalized. This was the first year she'd seen them bear seed pods.
Native or naturalized? Surrounded by native riparian woodland plants, but this is the middle of the city.
Tree sized plant. Spade-shaped leaves larger than my hands. Long narrow cylindrical fruit, as long as my forearm.