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Plant: Potato bush (Phyllanthus reticulatus)

Unread postby Oumie » Wed Mar 16, 2005 9:50 am

Hi there,

Can anybody please tell me what is the name of the tree/bush that smells like baked potato.
Went on a game drive a few years back and the ranger told us about this tree/bush, but forgot the name.

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Unread postby hornbill » Wed Mar 16, 2005 10:06 am

I know exactly which bush you talking about but unfortunately cannot remember the name at the moment. I think I have it written down at home and will check. The smell is very strong in the evening and early morning.

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Re: Tree/Bush smelling of......

Unread postby Meg » Wed Mar 16, 2005 10:56 am

Oumie wrote:Hi there,

Can anybody please tell me what is the name of the tree/bush that smells like baked potato.
Went on a game drive a few years back and the ranger told us about this tree/bush, but forgot the name.


I think it's common name is actually the "potato bush" (after looking on the internet it's Latin name seems to be Solanum Nigrum).
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Potato bush

Unread postby wildjohn » Wed Mar 16, 2005 11:36 pm

Potato bush - think Phylanthus something reticulum/us..

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Unread postby Krokodile » Wed Mar 16, 2005 11:50 pm

Phyllanthus Reticulatus (although I've only found one reference to it through Google :lol: )

There are a few Potato bushes around Pretoriuskop camp and the camp fence does have signs which explain what the smell is - when I'm there in May, I'll take some photo's.

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Unread postby EricExSA » Thu Mar 17, 2005 12:00 am

Krokodile wrote:Phyllanthus Reticulatus (although I've only found one reference to it through Google :lol: )

There are a few Potato bushes around Pretoriuskop camp and the camp fence does have signs which explain what the smell is - when I'm there in May, I'll take some photo's.


Please make sure that you add a place for the scratch and smell on your pics :P
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Unread postby Oumie » Thu Mar 17, 2005 7:52 am

Thanks for the info. Will I find a picture of the bush on the inernet :?:






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Unread postby hornbill » Thu Mar 17, 2005 10:32 am

Krokodile wrote:Phyllanthus Reticulatus (although I've only found one reference to it through Google :lol: )

There are a few Potato bushes around Pretoriuskop camp and the camp fence does have signs which explain what the smell is - when I'm there in May, I'll take some photo's.


I remember seeing it in the camp with the explanation but cannot remember any of it. Would be great if you took some photo's of the bush and the explanation.

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Unread postby DuQues » Thu Mar 17, 2005 11:03 am

Oumie wrote:Thanks for the info. Will I find a picture of the bush on the internet :?:

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Unread postby Meg » Thu Mar 17, 2005 12:53 pm

Krokodile wrote:Phyllanthus Reticulatus (although I've only found one reference to it through Google :lol: )

There are a few Potato bushes around Pretoriuskop camp and the camp fence does have signs which explain what the smell is - when I'm there in May, I'll take some photo's.


That'd be cool Krok 8)
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Wild bush patato?

Unread postby wildtuinman » Wed Jun 29, 2005 9:35 am

Do you call this a wild bush patato?

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Unread postby Krokodile » Sun Jul 03, 2005 12:02 pm

Don't know....but it doesn't look very appetising!!

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Unread postby DuQues » Mon Jul 04, 2005 11:41 am

The web wrote:Potato \Po*ta"to\, n.; pl. Potatoes. [Sp. patata potato, batata sweet potato, from the native American name (probably batata) in Hayti.] (Bot.)
(a) A plant (Solanum tuberosum) of the Nightshade family, and its esculent farinaceous tuber, of which there are numerous varieties used for food. It is native of South America, but a form of the species is found native as far north as New Mexico.
(b) The sweet potato (see below).
Sweet potato (Bot.), a climbing plant (Ipom[oe]a Balatas) allied to the morning-glory. Its farinaceous tubers have a sweetish taste, and are used, when cooked, for food. It is probably a native of Brazil, but is cultivated extensively in the warmer parts of every continent, and even as far north as New Jersey. The name potato was applied to this plant before it was to the Solanum tuberosum, and this is the ``potato'' of the Southern United States.
Wild potato. (Bot.)
(a) A vine (Ipom[oe]a pandurata) having a pale purplish flower and an enormous root. It is common in sandy places in the United States.
(b) A similar tropical American plant (I. fastigiata) which it is thought may have been the original stock of the sweet potato.

The distinctive scent of the Potato Bush permeates river banks in spring.

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If I look at the "fruit" is does look like it... Does the smell and flowering seem to be correct?
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Potato-like smell in late afternoon/early evening

Unread postby Ranger Piet » Sun Aug 27, 2006 9:07 am

When driving through parks sometimes, mostly (always?) late afternoon, there sometimes is a potato-like scent in the air.

Does anyone on the forum know from which plant this comes?
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Unread postby Freda » Sun Aug 27, 2006 12:49 pm

Would you believe the potato bush :wink: I'm serious, this has been discussed somewhere before but I can't find it :cry:

Found it here :D




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