Feeling lonely!

Discussion in 'Plants and Biodiversity Stumpers' started by Silver surfer, Oct 31, 2007.

  1. Silver surfer

    Silver surfer Contributor 10 Years

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    Days are getting shorter. Things on Stumpers have been a bit slow. Try this one. Genus and species please.
     

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    Is it Zingiber spectabile "Beehive Ginger"???

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    Silver surfer Contributor 10 Years

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    Nice try edleigh7.-but Zingiber spectabile it is not.
     
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    Am I on the right track?

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    Silver surfer Contributor 10 Years

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    Sorry .No!
     
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    Daniel Mosquin Esteemed Contributor UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Does the family name start with one of the first half-dozen letters of the alphabet? (for that matter, does the genus name?)
     
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    Silver surfer Contributor 10 Years

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    Intriguing question! Short answer ;No! That eliminates quite a few. No you can't go through the whole alphabet like this!!!
     
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    Is it a Conifer?
     
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    No saltcedar, it's not a conifer. Shucks, that was going to be one of the clues!!
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Realising that immediately is why I've not attempted a guess yet ;-)
     
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    A conifer wouldn't be a stumper for you!!!!
     
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    Silver surfer Contributor 10 Years

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    Had a feeling it might be too easy for you Michael!! Yes it is Platycarya strobilacea.

    "Feeling lonely" was not a personal opinion but a clue to this deciduous tree from the far east. It is in the Juglandaceae[walnut etc.] but is a genus of a single species,related to Pterocarya. It has distinctive "cone-like" fruits at the end of the current year's growth in late summer.Flowers unisexual, both sexes borne on the same tree.

    In the U.K. it is pretty rare.Mostly found in arboreta or collections.
    Photos taken Westonbirt The National Arboretum U.K. on 25 October 2007.
     

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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Know if it ever produces viable seed at Westonbirt?
     
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    Sorry Michael do not know if it produces viable seed,but Penny in the Propagation unit might know.[tel.01666880220 email westonbirt@forestry.gov.uk]
     
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    Daniel Mosquin Esteemed Contributor UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    I admit to being jealous of your close proximity to Westonbirt. Fabulous place.
     
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    Silver surfer Contributor 10 Years

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    Westonbirt is definitely our favourite place[botanically] and is about 1.5 hrs drive away.No matter what time of year we visit, we always find something we haven't noticed before.It is not standing still , new areas are being opened up and old areas being rejuvenated. New trees and shrubs are being planted all the time. Their Plant Centre is quite good too!!
    Apart from Westonbirt and Cardiff Parks we live in a botanical void! Wonderful places like Kew gardens and RHS gardens at Wisley are 3-4 hrs drive away,bit far just to pop in.
     

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