Tall plant, huge fuzzy palmate leaves, dense indumentum

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  1. wcutler

    wcutler Renowned Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    This impressive-looking plant at the Stanley Park rose garden seems like it's about to bloom. Where the stems aren't covered in dense brown fuzz, they're purple. Leaves must be about 60-70cm, simple, palmate, deeply lobed. Plant is about my height.
     

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    bjo Active Member 10 Years

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    Hi

    looks like Tetrapanax papyrifer to me.
    Source of 'rice paper' and a very attractive plant to give a tropical feel to a garden.

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

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    Wendy, there are a couple of those planted next to the Reception Centre here. You can see them from the boardwalk.
     
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    wcutler Renowned Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Brian and Eric, thanks for the ID.

    Eric, I know just where you mean. I started wondering last night when I was looking at Schefflera delavayi photos whether this also was in the Araliaceae family (it is), and was that what I was thinking looked familiar. I forgot all about the plant next to the reception centre, which I have tried to photograph but didn't like my photos, so I didn't even rename them.

    Even sadder is that I have photographed this plant in Florida (photos attached), where I was also very excited about it. So it did look familiar. Or rather, it should have looked familiar, since I've already noticed it twice before.

    I think I was too focused on the young leaves and stems yesterday.
     
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    wcutler Renowned Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Here's the one of the Tetrapanax papyrifer next to the Reception Centre at UBCBG.
     

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    wcutler Renowned Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Tetrapanax papyrifer flowers are opening now in Stanley Park.
     
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    Michael F Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Since it hasn't been mentioned, a word of warning: the brown fuzz can cause allergic reactions in some / many people. Handle with care, and in particular, avoid breathing in any of the fibre.
     
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    wcutler Renowned Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Thanks for the warning about the brown fuzz, Michael. I've been all but rolling in it, and I've been telling people that this planting is a textures garden, so I should not be encouraging them to feel this plant.
     

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