mystery plant

Discussion in 'Plants and Biodiversity Stumpers' started by Chris Klapwijk, Jun 9, 2005.

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    Chris Klapwijk Active Member 10 Years

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    Eric La Fountaine Contributor UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Hey Chris, one of the Stumpers rules is that the poster is supposed to know what the plant is, but since this one is at the garden we should be able to ID it. I don't have any idea what it is though.
     
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    What does the rest of it look like?
     
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    RonB, here's some of the foliage.
     

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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    I think I've actually seen this in nurseries here. Can't give a name, however.
     
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    Eric La Fountaine Contributor UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Well this is a stumper. I am not really good at ID, but if the flowers and leaves remind me of anything it would be Hemerocallis.
     
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    The flower was sure tough, but the leaves look like phormium; one of the zillion varieties and or hybrids of cookianum with tenax.

    Glen
     
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    Of course: Phormium. No wonder the flowers looked so familiar. If it's not that, then something similar.
     
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    I believe it to be Phormium cookianum subsp. hookeri 'Tricolor', good call Glen.

    Perhaps Daniel or Eric could confirm ID?
     
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    Eric La Fountaine Contributor UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    I have sent an email to the curator of the E.H. Lohbrunner Alpine Garden for confirmation. (My desk is not at the garden and I don't think I am going there today.)
     
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    hey everyone - yes, those are flowers of Phormium 'Tricolor' alright. It bloomed very well two years ago. I'm glad that someone captured a photo of it then. It has the most interesting seed pods later following bloom.
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    i'm glad Eric's desk is not at the Alpine Garden. He might look kinda silly sitting there by himself, with the alpines.
     
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    Eric La Fountaine Contributor UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    I would love to have a desk in a little hut in the middle of the Alpine Garden as long as I had a hi-speed internet hook-up. Actually my desk is about a 10-15 minute walk from the garden.
     
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    Then Eric and I would constantly be bumping elbows using the same desk!!
     

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