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Discussion in 'Plants and Biodiversity Stumpers' started by Gomero, Jul 30, 2007.
I'll try one.
First clue: it is not a maple! ;o)))
I'll try a red-'flowered' (bracted) cultivar of Euphorbia esula.
OK for the Family, but not the rest.
It is not a cultivar. It is a species found in Nature.
Is it Euphorbia loricata Lam???
Not this one either.
Second clue: read my pseudo
A species in the family Euphorbiaceae, native to Gomero in the Canary Islands.
Gomero is one of those places I've seen but never been to . . .
Not sure if it can be - Gomero's comment "OK for the Family, but not the rest" suggests it is in the family Euphorbiaceae, but not in the genus Euphorbia. Gomero: is that right?
Pierrot got it right.
Levilyla, E. lambii comes from La Gomera OK but it has yellow-green flowers.
Michael, the family contains basically one genus. I was maybe misleading with my comment.
In fact E. atropurpurea is native only to the island of Tenerife and not in la Gomera. However the clue Gomera should have led you to the Canary Islands flora. Eurphorbia atropurpurea, in its native habitat, can reach 2 meters. The unusual red flowers appear at the end of Winter, followed by purple fruits.
The picture was taken in March 2007 in my garden which is in zone 8. The plant is in a pot and goes into the greenhouse when the temperature drops below freezing.
The Spanish common name is 'Tabaiba roja'.
Sorry, no! About 300 genera and 5000 species: http://delta-intkey.com/angio/www/Euphorbi.htm