18 June 2010

an ask.....


ive been trawling the web, with a foggy head, to find out what tree these leaves come from. can any one recognise them? would be grateful for any help. i get alot of symptoms when im near this particular tree, sore throat,itchy eyes and would love to know the name. thanks.

5 comments:

Em (a different, aussie Em) said...

It looks like a Plane Tree (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Platanus). I'm not sure exactly where you are from, but here in australia the Plane Trees are everywhere along the streets and cause huge amounts of allergies, especially when they drop seeds. But I understand they are really common street trees throughout the world. The seeds are covered in small hairs which irritate the nose, throat, skin and eyes.

Here's a couple of articles about the allergies it can cause http://www.abc.net.au/gardening/stories/s1215645.htm and http://www.allallergy.net/fapaidfind.cfm?cdeoc=888

Rusty Hoe said...

I was thinking the same as Em, must be the Aussie connection :) Plane trees are shockers for allergies

Em said...

hi em

thanks for the information, looked on wiki, and theres a london plane tree, i was in battersea park just south of the thames so im pretty sure your right. we parked the camper under the tree and there was a carpet of fluffy seeds on the floor, my throat was itching, eyes watering along with scratchy skin. with my foggy head i couldnt find what tree the leaf came from, thanks again. xxx


hi michelle

i know silver birch over here can be a problem, yet this particular tree id never even heard of. i must try and avoid the blighter in future, especially on windy,sunny days. xx

The Foggy Knitter said...

My mum has had a lot of problems with London plane trees too, they were planted all through London because they were one of the few trees that could survive all the soot and smog.

Em said...

thats interesting to know foggy, hope your feeling ok. ive tried to avoid this trees or at least do the window up when passing through places with them. east dulwich high street has plenty so beware!!!x