Inflorescence not a total stranger to the forums

Discussion in 'Plants and Biodiversity Stumpers' started by wcutler, Nov 25, 2008.

  1. wcutler

    wcutler Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    This is my first (maybe only) posting to this forum, and I'm only doing it because I was interested in the detail of this inflorescence and a name was attached, so I know what it is (which is really unusual for me). There's a bit of a hint to the scale in noting how much is not in focus.
     

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    An aroid in anthesis? Anthurium perhaps?
     
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    tipularia Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Liatris?
     
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    Lobelia telekii?
     
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    wcutler Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    "No" on the three guesses so far. I looked up "anthesis" and that part seems correct, but it's not an aroid.

    People who know me have an additional hint in where I've been lately (so, it's not a BC native).
     
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    lorax Rising Contributor 10 Years

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    Banksia? Or one of the other odd Australian flowers?
     
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    wcutler Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Not Banksia but yes on one of the other odd Australian flowers.

    Each of those flowers is teeny, but the plant is not small.
     
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    Xanthorrhoea spp perhaps??
     
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    wcutler Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Yes, that's it. Xanthorrhoea quadrangulata, one of the "grass trees". It can get up to 6 feet tall, with the flower spike reaching 15 feet. This photo was taken at the Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens. The tip of a Xanthorrhoea seed head was posted last year as a stumper. I don't remember seeing any of those.
     

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