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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2012 4:47 pm    Post subject: Teaser Reply with quote

I know what this is.
Do you?



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2012 5:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No any chance of a hint, because bet you know
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2012 5:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmm!
Oh yes, I know exactly what it is!
This pic was taken in our garden.
O.K.a clue...

1. It is a shrub.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2012 4:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

2nd clue.
It is an evergreen shrub.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2012 4:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

oh dear the silence is deafening ! we're all useless !
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2012 4:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sive wrote:
oh dear the silence is deafening ! we're all useless !





Please do not think like that.
This is seriously HARD!

No point being too easy! Got to get your little grey cells working.


3rd clue.
Probably more common in Botanic gardens than a back garden of a private house.
It is a Botanical oddity.

Just tell me what you can see....
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2012 10:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, quite obviously the flower actually grows from the centre of the leaf, which has to be very unusual indeed, but it doesn't get me any closer to naming it...or knowing where to look in a book !
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2012 11:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Helwingia chinensis Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2012 11:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I do not know what the name of the shrub is but I know the name of such a structure is a cladode, Butchers Broom is an example. I would love to know what this one is called, always willing to learn something new.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2012 7:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

inishindie wrote:
Helwingia chinensis :)


WELL DONE, INISHINDIE!!
Yes ,Helwingia chinensis it is.

There are male shrubs and female shrubs... both are needed to get the red seed.
I like the narrow evergreen leaves. It is about 3ft tall after 10-12 years.

http://www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/potd/2005/04/helwingia_chine.php

http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/images/boufford/db-020.jpg

There is another Helwingia.
Helwingia japonica which I have seen in collections. But never managed to buy one.

http://www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/potd/2005/04/helwingia_japon.php


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2012 8:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

michael brenock wrote:
I do not know what the name of the shrub is but I know the name of such a structure is a cladode, Butchers Broom is an example. I would love to know what this one is called, always willing to learn something new.
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Michael, I do not believe that this is the same as Ruscus... butchers broom.
Ruscus flowers on a flattenened leaf like stem called a cladode.
While Helwingia flowers on a true leaf.
Hope this helps.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2012 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

not a clue never even heard of it, well done on ID ing it.
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