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Copyright 2004 by Michael E. Grost

Jake's Trees

Towards the end of each story, Jake solves the mystery, while standing or sitting under a tree. Here are links to the trees mentioned in the Jacob Black “Impossible Crime” mystery short stories.

Story Tree Scientific Name Family
A Detective Is Born Ylang-Ylang Cananga odorata Annonaceae
A Detective Is Born Australian Tea Tree Leptospermum Myrtaceae
A Detective Is Born Escallonia Escallonia rubra Escalloniaceae
Murder Makes a Sequel Canary Island Date Palm Phoenix canariensis Arecaceae
Extra! Extra! Xylopia Xylopia buxifolia, Xylopia humblotiana Annonaceae
A Mystery Shot in One Long Take Monkey Puzzle Araucaria araucana Araucariaceae
Horror at the High School Pandanus Pandanus Pandanaceae
Hell’s Hacks Rain Tree Samanea saman Mimosaceae
Trial by Fire Coral Bean Erythrina Fabaceae
The Hollywood Toy Express Bamboo Gigantochloa verticillata Poaceae
The One Dollar Mail Robbery of Buzzard's Corners Joshua Tree Yucca brevifolia Agavaceae
Banning the Blues Cannonball Tree Couroupita guianensis Lecythidaceae
The Big Box Austrobaileya Austrobaileya scandens Austrobaileyaceae
The Big Box Bougainvillea Bougainvillea spectabilis Nyctaginaceae
It Came Out of Nowhere Ombú and Pokeweed Phytolacca dioica, Phytolacca americana Phytolaccaceae
It Came Out of Nowhere Mesquite Prosopis Mimosaceae
The Dream Factory Mango Mangifera indica Anacardiaceae
The Villain who Vanished Fish Tail Palm Caryota Arecaceae
The Tree of Life Cunonia Cunonia capensis Cunoniaceae
The Tree of Life Amborella Amborella trichopoda Amborellaceae
The Tree of Life Eastern Arborvitae Platycladus orientalis Cupressaceae
A Long Evening Teak Tectona grandis Verbenaceae
A Long Evening Catalpa Catalpa speciosa Bignoniaceae
Gorilla with a Pearl Earring Pink Banana Musa velutina Musaceae
The Hunt for Fred October Tamarind Tamarindus indica Caesalpiniaceae

Most plant pictures on the web are organized by plant families. The links take you to the family as a whole. From there, you can find the individual tree.

The two links to Annonaceae take you to two different web pages, in two different sites. The two Arecaceae pages are also different.

The scientific names are much less ambiguous than the English ones. They are good for Internet searches.