Please help with an identification for this if possible.

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  1. Michael Charters

    Michael Charters Active Member

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    I will post a 2nd photo showing the whole plant which is a dense tangled mass of slender stems about 3' tall. This was blooming at the LA Arboretum in August.
     

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    2nd photo of the whole plant.
     

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  3. Daniel Mosquin

    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    My first thought is that's quite pretty. Second thought is - looks like something in the Rubiaceae. Haven't been able to confirm that yet, though.
     
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    It looks quite like Gomphostigma virgatum or River Star.
     
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    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Can't be! That's not in the Rubiaceae!

    Just kidding - does look very much like what you suggested, mplant.
     
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    Sorry about that, Daniel. I did feel guilty about offering something in another family.
    River Star (nice common name) seems to be hardy here in Vancouver. A small one came through last winter in a planter in my garden.
     
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    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    No need to feel guilty - I don't mind being wrong.
     
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    Looks like a very good suggestion. It was in an area adjacent to the South Africa section so that would fit, also right for bloom time, opposite narrow leaves, 4-petal flowers. I think that may be it.
     

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