Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Tunnels Lines and Composite Balls

Updated with plant IDs. Really I was just too tired last night to do it.

Dipladenia sanderi, Rose Dipladenia. It is often confused with Mandevilla. Another one of those name changes they can't seem to settle on. It is in the Apocynaceae family.

Alocasia micholitziana 'African mask'

Light Pink Pentas lanceolata with a bug.

Dark Pink Pentas lanceolata.

Alocasia clypeolata 'Green Shield'

Yes this is an Amaryllis, Hippeastrum.

And finally, Clerodendrum quadriloculare, Starburst Bush or Shooting Star.

When I wake up in the morning I expect to see these have all been properly identified.


mmw said...

A few sad guesses: the first is Apocynaceae -- are there pink plumerias? The second is Colocasia. The penultimate is a Hippeastrum? Everything else is too exotic for me, but they're nice.

Annie in Austin said...

Is it safe to come back now? Have you guys put away the snapping gym towels?

I though the first could be a Pink Tecoma tree. Next an Alocasia? And think MMW is right about the Hippeastrum.
Those ball-of-flowers look a little like hoyas - that's all I got - you may as well sleep in.


The County Clerk said...

So now we have to sing for our suppers?


Borother, I haven't a clue. :)

Christopher C. in Hawaii said...

Well Chuck B started it, Annie.

Now I will edit the post and name the flowers.

christin m p in massachusetts said...

I'd like to buy one of each of the Pentas lanceolata –- both shades of pink. (This post made me like pink again.) I'd also like one of the Green Shield plants. And one order of the Shooting Star plants. Do you ship any of your plants out? And would I be able to maintain those species indoors?

At work, I've long noticed that a lot of people have live plants shipped to them from nurseries all over the place. Their packaging is always stamped with “Live Plants”, and there are always (machine punched) air holes in the special packaging. Sometimes a bit of the potting soil comes out while we’re shipping them, but we do our best to handle them carefully.

christin m p in massachusetts said...

P.S. Thanks to your new little "FIND A GARDEN BLOGGER NEAR YOU" button, I found this beautiful photograph. In this Arctic winter weather we're having, I long to see sights like this one again.

Annie in Austin said...

I should have recognized the Pentas. I had a red one a few years ago, which was supposed to attract hummingbirds, but it was pretty puny and barely bloomed. Yours look so bouncy.

Christin is welcome to the pink pentas - but I like those alocasias.


Christopher C. in Hawaii said...

You have to have a state sanitary certification to ship plants out of Hawaii or have them individually inspected before shipping by the Ag department.

I have an organic living ecosystem that would never pass the absence of life standards needed for shipping out of state.

Christina go to the library and check out a book on house plants to give you an idea of what will grow best indoors in your light conditions.

christin m p in massachusetts said...

That'll be easy for me, since most weeks I spend a fair amount of time in libraries and bookstores. My place has plenty of sun exposure, but ordinarily I block most of it out. Once I get the plants, I'm probably going to have to start letting more sunshine in, otherwise none of them will be able to make chlorophyll and they'll all be albino plants.

If I'm remembering correctly, the process of making the chlorophyll has something to do with their ability to eat carbon dioxide and create fresh oxygen -- no?