December 2022 in the garden - temperate Australasian conifers

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    wcutler Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Douglas Justice's December in the Garden 2022 - UBC Botanical Garden blog is up now, with good photos as usual, almost entirely of plants to which I never paid any attention. In more or less the order mentioned, here is the Eucalyptus coccifera, mentioned as a locator for Microcachrys tetragona.
    Eucalyptus coccifera_UBCBG_Cutler_20221124_135235.jpg Microcachrys tetragona_UBCBG_Cutler_20221124_143209.jpg Microcachrys tetragona_UBCBG_Cutler_20221124_143228.jpg Microcachrys tetragona_UBCBG_Cutler_20221124_143228c.jpg

    Here is Coprosma atropurpurea, used as a marker for the Lepidothamnus laxifolius. The "pile of twigs" appearance in the description was apt.
    Coprosma atropurpurea_UBCBG_Cutler_20221124_134841.jpg Lepidothamnus-laxifolius_UBCBG_Cutler_20221124_142634.jpg Lepidothamnus-laxifolius_UBCBG_Cutler_20221124_142947.jpg
    Mixed in with this pigmy pine (common name, yes, we know it's not a pine) is this teeny fern - Austroblechnum penna-marina 'Cristatum'.
    Lepidothamnus-laxifolius and Austroblechnum _UBCBG_Cutler_20221124_142559.jpg Lepidothamnus-laxifolius-Austroblechnum penna-marina'Cristatum'_UBCBG_Cutler_20221124_142609.jpg Lepidothamnus-laxifolius-Austroblechnum penna-marina'Cristatum'_UBCBG_Cutler_20221124_142629.jpg

    Halocarpus bidwillii, bog pine.
    Halocarpus bidwillii_UBCBG_Cutler_20221124_140212.jpg Halocarpus bidwillii_UBCBG_Cutler_20221124_140226.jpg Halocarpus bidwillii_UBCBG_Cutler_20221124_140232.jpg

    Podocarpus lawrencei
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    And the similar-looking Podocarpus nivalis cultivars. First photo shows P. lawrencei on the left and P. nivalis 'Jack's Pass' on the right.
    Podocarpus lawrencei-L-P nivalis 'Jack's Pass'-R_UBCBG_Cutler_20221124_135944.jpg Podocarpus nivalis 'Jack's Pass'_UBCBG_Cutler_20221124_135801.jpg Podocarpus nivalis 'Jack's Pass'_UBCBG_Cutler_20221124_140356.jpg

    I have to continue this in the next posting.
     
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    wcutler Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Here is Podocarpus nivalis 'Otari'.
    Podocarpus nivalis 'Otari'_UBCBG_Cutler_20221124_141857.jpg Podocarpus nivalis 'Otari'_UBCBG_Cutler_20221124_141930.jpg

    Here are some plants marked as hybrid seedlings of Podocarpus lawrencei.
    Podocarpus hybrid-seedling of lawrencei_UBCBG_Cutler_20221124_140847.jpg Podocarpus hybrid-seedling of lawrencei_UBCBG_Cutler_20221124_140855.jpg Podocarpus hybrid-seedling of lawrencei_UBCBG_Cutler_20221124_140919.jpg Podocarpus hybrid-seedling of lawrencei_UBCBG_Cutler_20221124_140941.jpg Podocarpus hybrid-seedling of lawrencei_UBCBG_Cutler_20221124_141001.jpg

    Douglas used Phyllocladus alpinus to talk about cladodes, those silvery leaf-looking structures, which are modified branches. He mentioned that the stems of Christmas cactus and the pads of prickly pears are also cladodes.
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    Here are a couple of non-conifers that caught my attention.
    Gunnera monoica, with leaves around 3cm across.
    Gunnera monoica_UBCBG_Cutler_20221124_134950.jpg

    And Prostanthera cuneata, which I first noticed in Stanley Park one year after @Margot posted hers. There are just a few flowers, but there are not so many flowers around right now. It's the leaves of this that are fragrant.
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    I moved the discussion about common names to Common names - need there be standards? | UBC Botanical Garden Forums. I used the name "pigmy pine" because Douglas was telling us in the blog what it's known as. It wasn't my prerogative to edit his words. Anyway, if you have more to say, please do it in that thread. It will just get lost in this thread.
     

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