November 2019 in the Garden - Schefflera; also still some colours

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    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Well, green doesn't seem to attract the viewers the way yellow and red do, so I'm promising a few colourful photos in this thread, after I post my favourite trees, Schefflera (OK, I think I may have called some other trees favourites). But I was excited to see Douglas Justice's November 2019 in the Garden | UBC Botanical Garden blog, with distinguishing features for all these Schefflera species. As has been the case lately, the blog has some good photos, and if you catch the November tour in Garden Explorer (link is in the blog - the tour is available for the whole month), it's easy to follow along in the blog and see several good photos of all the trees mentioned. The photos will still be available after November, but you'll have to query each species.

    Here is Schefflera alpina, with nice purple-red stems and purple fruits.
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    Schefflera delavayi is the easiest to recognize - it's a nice big wide tree with big tough leaves. I have posted flowers (I think) and fruits in previous years.
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    The best name goes to Schefflera fantsipanensis, not named for its appearance but for Mt. Fansipan (Phan Xi Pang) in Viet Nam where it grows (I don't know how that "t" got in the species name). It does have somewhat fancy wavy leaflet edges.
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    I want to post this Schefflera hoi so that I will be able to identify it again. It's just far enough off the path to not be able to really get a good look. I think this might be Schefflera 4 in my new leaves posting last May at So many scheffleras with new leaves, so few labels.
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    Here is Schefflera minutistellata, with awesome double-decker leaves. This one is below the boardwalk past the Campbell Building. I wasn't really successful in capturing the nice purple stems.
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    Here are two more Schefflera.
    S. rhododendrifolia. I don't really get the supposedly rhododendron-like leaves. Whatever. Maybe this has the skinniest leaves.
    Schefflera-rhododendrifolia_UBCBG_Cutler_20191030_145328.jpg Schefflera-rhododendrifolia_UBCBG_Cutler_20191030_145358.jpg

    Schefflera taiwaniana is supposed to be distinctive for its leathery leaflets on long petioles. Well, it's graceful, but I wouldn't bet on my being able to distinguish it next time I see it. It's near the S. delavayi, and in comparison to that, I didn't think of its leaves being leathery, but I can't remember if I was able to touch them - maybe not.
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    That's it for Schefflera, but I came across a tree I like in the same family (Araliaceae) - Metapanax davidii. I like how so many of the leaves have strange shapes.
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    I promised colour. How's this - Lindera obtusiloba. This also has polymorphic leaves, like on the Metapanax in the previous posting.
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    Hesperantha coccinea, back for its fourth month!
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    These Primula japonica (pink flowered selection) flowers are very small, but they were a lovely surprise., and there are fruits too.
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    White is a colour, right? The seed heads on the Anemone hupehensis down from the boardwalk are pretty showy. Fourth photo is a flower of the same species from elsewhere in the garden.
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