Big Green Biodiversity MegaStumper

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  1. lorax

    lorax Rising Contributor

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    In the grand tradition of Lila's MegaStumpers, here's a big green one for you. In this stumper are 12 plants, 3 non-plants, and a bonus bird.

    I'd like genera at least, species if you can (for at least three of them, species is not possible), and I'll need both genus and species to award the bonus bird. Please bear in mind that these are all things that live in Ecuador, but they're not necessarily natives, nor are they necessarily full grown.

    You're free to ask me for hints, and I'm free to be as cryptic as I like.

    Hope you have fun with it!
     

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  2. Lila Pereszke

    Lila Pereszke Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Hm! A Great Green Megastumper! :)

    Well, my first Tip: 3 Kalanchoe pinnata?
     
  3. Lila Pereszke

    Lila Pereszke Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    5. a green Dianthus?
    13. Musa sp.?
    14. Zantedeschia?
     
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    Yes on all counts. Which Dianthus?
     
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    #12 is an Anolis spp. Ecuador has a lot of them, but it looks very much like one of the two found in Florida. Anolis carolinensis, a native here that looks like the pic, and Anolis equestris, the Cuban immigrant, which it clearly is not.
     
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    It isn't, actually. You're in the right family, though. There is a reason I'm not showing the head or tail of the lizard.
     
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    #12...

    Maby an Iguana

    :)


    #9
    Ive seen that kind of bird before... Its on the tip of my tung.... hmmm... think... ;)
     
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    Bang on for #12, Blake. It's a juvenile Iguana.

    I'm sure you've seen that bird before - but where?!?! :D
     
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    David in L A Active Member 10 Years

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    #9 green violet-ear?
     
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    Close, so close - you're in the right genus (Colibri) but the Green isn't the right species. Go higher altitude.
     
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    David in L A Active Member 10 Years

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    sparkling violet-ear?
     
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    Bingo.

    Here are your current correct answers to date, the entire hummingbird (because I'm rather proud of the shot), and also the whole Iguana - he was so little!
     

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    Wow!

    Hopeless at tropical plants but wild guessing came up with 5 carnation (close but no cigar), 8 bamboo, 9 hummingbird, 10 begonia, 11 aesculus, 13 musa, 14 colocasia.

    Where is the iguana??
     
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    Great picture of the colibri!
     
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    8 is indeed a bamboo, but which one? (It's an endemic, if it helps)
    10 is singificantly larger of leaf than most begonias....
    11 is a tree
    13 is indeed a banana. In fact, it's Musa 'Orito' - but I can't expect any of you to know that without seeing the fruits.

    12 is the Iguana.
     
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    Is 2 an apple (malus)?
     
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    David in L A Active Member 10 Years

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    1 looks like a beetle but I have no idea what kind. 2 looks like a Japanese plum.
     
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    David's got it on the plum and the beetle. Any guesses on the genus of the beetle? (I'm reasonably sure of at least that, although the species continues to elude me.
     
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    1. Order Coleoptera (beetle) couldn't guess which genus or species

    2. Camellia sp?

    3. I got this one wrong (Chrysanthemum sp?)

    4.Paphiopedilum sp?

    5. Dianthus sp.

    6. Mangifera sp?

    7. Persea sp?

    8. Bambusaea genus? sp?

    9. Order Psittaciformes (parrot) ?genus ?species

    10. Colocasia sp?

    11. Schefflera sp?

    12. Iguana iguana (green iguana)

    13. Musa sp.

    14. got that one wrong (thought Spathiphyllum sp.)

    15. Ficus sp? (thinking Ficus elastica)

    Oh Well LOL I tried...
     
  20. lorax

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    Oberfeld:
    1 is indeed a beetle, but I'm looking for a slightly finer distinction - the section, perhaps?
    2 is a plum
    3 is Kalanchoe pinnata, a common medicinal plant.
    Bang on for 4 (Paphiopedalum, although the species is also discernable, so half points for that one)
    5 is indeed a Dianthus, but again, which species?
    6 is not a mango, but it is an aromatic.
    7 is absolutely an avocado.
    8 is bamboo, but not the genus Bambusa. Think more local - it's an endemic plant.
    9's a hummingbird, not a parrot (we don't have any that dark!)
    10 - you're in the right family, but the wrong genus. It's another endemic plant, and Colocasia is an Asian genus.
    11 - not quite. It's actually more closely related to nettles.
    12. Yup
    13. Yup
    15. Nope. This is one of the few non-natives in the stumper; it's Asian in origin.
     
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    David in L A Active Member 10 Years

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    11 Cecropia?
     
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    You got it! C. palmata, to be exact, but I wouldn't expect any of you to know that without seeing the bark of the tree.
     
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    11. Cecropia spp. (?)
     
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    Oops, didn't see David's reply above.
     
  25. Entomologist Jones

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    I'm a little late, but number one is a beetle in the genus Chrysina (Scarabaeidae, Rutelinae). It could be any number of species. This site may help you figure out which species you've got.
     

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