Talk:Morus alba

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Fastest in plant kingdom?[edit]

Have to ask, at half the speed of sound, why is it not second (fastest) to this Wikipedia entry...?

[[1]] Pilobolus

...that shoots it's spores with acceleration up to 200x that of Morus Alba's pollen (100x speed of sound).

There would be better awareness of things if anything categorisable had it's own trading card, an online digital library resource of these could also save time & data storage space when entering into actual trades, printable/transferrable as receipts with spec fields for 'age', 'condition', etc. (talk) 15:15, 5 May 2015 (UTC)pyrofex

What does "short lived" mean?[edit]

I think it's terrible to put that in there. What is short lived? 50 years? 200 years? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:29, 30 June 2014 (UTC)

Dundas, Ontario[edit]

There is a street, a rich street, named SouthW St., which is in the town of Dundas, the municipality of Hamiltonn-Wentworth, the province of Ontario, the country of Canada. Close to the midpoint of this street, veering down towards a more-often-than-not traffic-strewn roadway called Osleer Dr., lies a quiet tree-canopy enveloped short gravel or dirt? (need to reverify this) trail. At the top of this trail, just off to the side, partially on somebody's large front yard close to the road of SouthW St., lies a mulberry tree which produces a rarely seen WHITE and/or SLIGHTLY WHITE/PINK/PURPLE fruit. The taste of this tree's fruit or berries is, hmmm, well, not of a higher order (to me); nevertheless, this tree is of interest because of its uniqueness in the area and I will see to it that it undergoes further research.

900trillion 07:51, 28 December 2006 (UTC)Jeff Skarica

White fruit[edit]

I suppose this is a white fruited form of Morus alba which usually has black berries but some forms have purple,pinkish,lavender,yellow or pure white fruit... I live in Europe(Belgium)and have been fascinated by mulberries ever since I was a kid. Today about 40 odd years later I have started my own specialized mulberry nursery and I can tell you that this fruit is still as unknown to the public as it ever was...I grow about 25 different species and varieties of which half are Morus alba in all its fruiting colours , everybody who tastes mulberries (of superior eating quality) confirms that it is one of the best fruits they have ever tasted....It is a mystery to me why this typically potential backyard fruit continuous to remain so unknown while in the ancient world it played such a vital role and even does so till this day.....

Dithmar Guillaume

I think it's because the fresh ones are best picked fresh when ripe, and Americans at least don't eat a lot of dried fruit. When my uncle had a tree in his backyard, I loved standing under it with my cousins eating the mulberries. I eat dried mulberries, but I've been eating them since I was a kid. It was hard to get them in the US, but now they're common wherever there are Afghans, but I think they're a bit of an acquired taste. KP Botany 00:09, 9 February 2007 (UTC)

Yum —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:01, 7 September 2008 (UTC)

I grew up in central Maryland, where they have naturalized. I tasted the white fruit, and it was insipid. The purple variety is in that area and may taste okay, but is more likely to be torn out, as the fruit stains everything it touches. If the plant was imported to North America in hopes of raising silkworms, it is not surprising that it is lacking flavor to humans. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:37, 6 June 2016 (UTC)

Extra Links[edit]

i really don't think we need those extra links and i am not sure if it is precise,
can someone explain in easy words?? --Asimathar (talk) 15:10, 9 November 2009 (UTC)

Are you referring to the external or internal links? As far as I can tell both of the links are in accordance with wp:linking. I don't see any extra links.Chhe (talk) 17:25, 9 November 2009 (UTC)

Minority Report[edit]

I am considering adding a reference to the movie Minority Report. There were hybrid of this plant in the movie, which had a minor plot element. I would have added it, except I don't know if this should be under culture, or if popular culture should be added.TeigeRyan (talk) 16:26, 19 January 2011 (UTC)

How minor? A quick search for 'mulberry minority report' (without quotes) didn't turn anything up, and they're not mentioned in the article on the film. If the plant just came up incidentally, the reference isn't really a useful addition to the tree's article. Thomas Kluyver (talk) 17:32, 19 January 2011 (UTC)
Well, I thought it was significant. He was scratched by a vine while he climbed over a wall, and the poison almost closed up his throat and killed him. But that plant was also a fictional hyrbid. So I will not add it. You are right, it is not really significant to the main plot, and I guess that it odes not really have bearing on this article. Tnx for the second opinion. TeigeRyan (talk) 03:04, 20 January 2011 (UTC)

Morus Errors Dangerous[edit]

This has some potentially dangerous information. The issue of many botanists considering some Morus species as native to the Americas is slowly being fixed on Wikipedia, but often the entry is just removed. On this specific entry the (Male Fruitless) White Mulberry Tree is mentioned and has this reference; That resource is very much in error on that page, there is almost nothing of worth on that link but some very dangerous false data. Even the picture of that plant on that link is not right. Wikipedia does show the proper image here on this Wikipedia entry, so you can compare the images and see the "howstuffworks" image and how it differs from the image here. In that reference it makes the error also of claiming the (Male Fruitless) specific was only derived from the native plant in Asia, half true, as it did have genetic material from China, but was recreated in US during 1950s as a shade tree, as a tree this plant existed nowhere on Earth prior to being created by Mankind. The natural tree that bears fruit- White Mulberry- looks identical, but the Male Fruitless has altered organic molecules in all parts of the plant and should not be used as a medicine. Use of sap or pollen for medical use can be fatal, whereas the original tree with fruit was widely used in Chinese medicine. As the fruitless manmade plant spreads worldwide, many people have died due to error of not having knowledge that this tree (Male Fruitless) is undistinguished from the natural plant. Children in Asia have used the sap for recreational drug use. To further complicate this issue the distinction between the two forms of White Mulberry is made harder because of the name (Male Fruitless) as this manmade tree does have genetic structure of both Male and Female, so sex tests can not work to determine which is which. It has this name due to massive amounts of dangerous pollen created by the tree, highly toxic, and allergenic, while bearing no fruit or seed. After being called "male" for 60 years that is unlikely to be corrected, but "fruitless" is correct. There are now multiple International health Organizations that call to ban this (Male Fruitless White Mulberry Tree) from being moved from nation to nation, due to it's major dangers. It even kills insects that come to feed during the pollination period. This was only recently demonstrated in multiple locations, as clumps of dead ants were found amongst the pollen on the ground, flying insects can die instantly as well although pollinators that carry the pollen without immediately feeding can often fly quite a ways before being effected. The sap of the natural tree had hallucinogenic compounds but the manmade tree have some dangerous neurotoxins mixed in with the batch. In eradication efforts issues are mounting, as if the tree is removed from the ground; multiple plants can spring forth from the ground within months. NOTE: I do not edit Wikipedia, the data above is just for revue by your editors. (talk) 01:52, 12 March 2013 (UTC)

Shah-toot (king's or "superior" mulberry)[edit]

These are listed under Morus as

Morus laevigata [M. alba var. laevigata; M. macroura],
Morus macroura [M. alba var. laevigata]
There is a form of Shahtoot with white fruit that grows to around 20 feet, and a smaller form with dark red fruit. The fruit can be up to 3" long and is very sweet. There seems to be some confusion as to which of the three names is to be used. The current page does not currently Shahtoot as a variety of alba. As the trees are quite popular, should they be included here, or be given their own wiki page under either the currently non-existent laevigata or macroura?
Further, [[2]] includes Shahtoot as a general Persian name for mulberry referring to that species. It should be noted that in many parts of the English speaking world Shahtoot refers only to the types of mulberry with the longer fruit mentioned here, not other forms with the smaller fruit.Lmstearn (talk) 10:58, 8 September 2014 (UTC)