The Fruit of the Liquidamber

I didn’t know what these would be called. Seems they have lots of names such as “space bug”, “monkey ball”, “bommyknocker”, “bir ball”, “gumball”, “conkleberry”, “cukoo-bir” or “sticky ball” (see Wikipedia) In reality they are fruit and that explains why the birds (parrots in particular) go crazy over them.

170-365 The fruit of the Liquidamber


  1. Liquidamber styraciflua are native here; we call them Sweetgums. But I can’t type what we call the fruit when we step on them barefooted. They hurt!

  2. I can’t imagine wandering around in barefoot in autumn/winter anyway Joan. I guess they would hurt.

    Yes, I just learnt the other day that you call them Sweetgums. I imagine because of the fruit. We get a lot of Cockatoos and other birds in the trees as the fruit is ripening.

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