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What plant is that?

By Murray Bourne, 01 Oct 2006

There is an abundance of these flowering trees in West Coast Park, Singapore. The flowers are surrounded by spiky branches and the fruit is a rock-hard, spherical nut-like object.

This brings up an interesting knowledge-finding issue. I tried to find the name of this plant on Google and used searches like "tropical flowering tree", "bowling ball nut tree" and the like, but couldn't find anything like it. I tried finding images with those descriptions, but also no joy. So how do you use online search to find a plant?

Anyway, can anyone tell me what the name of the plant is?

mystery plant

mystery fruit

A pleasant carpet of flower petals:

carpet of flowers

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