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Can anyone identify this possible Parahebe please?


 
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2007 3:28 pm    Post subject: Can anyone identify this possible Parahebe please? Reply with quote

It was given to me as a slip with a little root and is supposed to be a good ground cover. It probably would be darker green normally, I have been feeding it heavily to bulk it up.

Somehow I'm thinking Parahebe. Anyone have a better idea?

Thanks

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2007 5:11 pm    Post subject: Can anyone identify this possible Parahebe please? Reply with quote

Yes it does look like a parahebe. Parahebe catarractae perhaps.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2007 8:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that Cooler. The similarity to Parahebe cataractae hadn't escaped me, but perhaps I should of taken a better picture. I have scanned leaves to compare them and both typical leaf shapes and margins are consistently different.
Although woody at the base, it is less woody than P.cataractae and, silly as it may sound, it just feels different.
Maybe when it flowers there will be more chance of ID.




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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2007 9:34 am    Post subject: Parahebe lanceolata? Reply with quote

Let me try again. Smile . It has the same upswept teeth as catarractae but the leaf is much more lance -like, so possibly Parahebe lanceolata.



also known as Parahebe catarractae subsp. lanceolata or Veronica lanceolata Benth.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2007 1:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Cooler (sorry! got the name wrong last time). Thanks for info, you inspired me with that name and I did a little Googling, but leaves all looked wrong shape.
Then I found this file on the net:- http://www.rsnz.org/publish/nzjb/2004/013-lo.pdf.
Its all about Parahebes. The part that interested me was a map, which I attach below. No wonder that there is confusion amongst us poor gardeners.



So..Its Parahebe lanceolata...Thanks again

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2007 5:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now that makes life very difficult! And I thought I was having problems with id-ing orchids......!
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