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I just noticed this tree in Playa del Carmen in Yucatan. It was swarming with bats, the bat seem to be eating either the fruit or the flowers of the tree. Any idea what it is?

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    $\begingroup$ Please provide approximate sizes of the leaves, fruit, and tree as a whole. Mentioning more specifics about the location (e.g., did you find the tree along the road, in town, in a wooded area, etc.) would be helpful. Finally, updating your post with clearer photos (of leaves, bark, and fruit) would all be ideal and likely would result in a more accurate ID. Thanks $\endgroup$ Jan 16 at 4:37
  • $\begingroup$ You might also check out 101 YUCATAN TREES (Conrad, 2015) for a site with some decent photos and data for trees of the Yucatan. $\endgroup$ Jan 16 at 4:39
  • $\begingroup$ This looks more like a fig tree... $\endgroup$ Oct 13 at 11:44
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The photos are blurred. We need a pic of the bark and of the fruit, sliced. Does it have pips or a nut? Perhaps a Palaquium variety, i.e. Palaquium Gutta, which is for producing latex/rubber, because it's in a garden and its a useful commodity plant previously grown in south america. Perhaps slice and study the fruit for a better ID. enter image description here

Latex plants attract bats. You can check the bark for latex. https://youtu.be/6DJHD91VKKY

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  • $\begingroup$ your proposed species is native to Malaysia! (not Mexico). Actually, the entire Genus is native to Southeast Asia / Oceania (see here). What makes you think this is correct? Please update your answer with more convincing information. Thanks! $\endgroup$ Jan 16 at 4:23
  • $\begingroup$ I'm quite aware of that! Corn is native to the US and quite a few million hectares are found in Eurasia. Cultivacion y laminado de caucho natural! youtu.be/6DJHD91VKKY besides i'm not certain, it's just a lead, he can check the bark. Otherwise its perhaps related to avocado. He has to check the fruit. We can't guess much from the blurry photos. $\endgroup$ Jan 16 at 8:09
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    $\begingroup$ My guess is as good as the photos, which are not very accurate. the info fits though, quote: Palaquium gutta — The ripe fruit, but not the seeds, is eaten by fruit bats. ... its growing in a garden beside a wall, we commonly see many non native plants in gardens and cities. $\endgroup$ Jan 16 at 8:51
  • $\begingroup$ Understandable. My concern is that many users and visitors coming through our site just look for whatever is written as answers and often don't think in terms of "this is a guess based on low quality starting info". As such, someone (including the OP) might just assume you're giving the "right answer". I think we all need to be very clear and explicit when we're guessing. I don't think you make that clear on the post, so please edit to clarify. I would suggest adding some additional context based on your comments. $\endgroup$ Jan 18 at 3:16
  • $\begingroup$ Something like "based on your low quality photos, I'd guess it's ___ because ___. Although it's not native, ___ are some reasons I still think it's possible. You could check the bark or other characteristics to be certain. Perhaps you could investigate related species in your area. I'd recommend starting your investigation with species related to avacado because ___" something in that style let's us see inside your head and whatever expertise or research you bring to the table without judging your response to be definitive and allows a jumping off point for the OP. Please consider editing. Thx $\endgroup$ Jan 18 at 3:22

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