Help me ID?

chloeashaOctober 24, 2013

I am getting this in trade (yay! awesome trader!!) and I think it may be B. maculata. I was looking at the straight edges of the leaves, the spots, the form, and the blooms. The trader stated that the blooms range from lighter to darker depending on the season, and that the plant gets up to about 4ft tall or so. (This is her photo, and I asked permission to use it.) Any thoughts?

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hcmcdole(z7)

Not maculata. A better view of the leaves may help. Right now I'd say it is a common hybrid of coccinea.

    Bookmark   October 25, 2013 at 6:52AM
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chloeasha

That was my first thought, but then all the coccinea hybrids I looked at had some wavy edges to the leaves and maculate was smooth like these. When I get the cuttings, I'll post a pic of a leaf.

    Bookmark   October 25, 2013 at 10:13AM
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hcmcdole(z7)

Here is maculata - it has dark leaves with big dots and white blooms.

    Bookmark   October 25, 2013 at 11:10AM
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hcmcdole(z7)

Here is the full plant.

    Bookmark   October 25, 2013 at 11:12AM
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hcmcdole(z7)

and a superior plant I grew from seed collected from the maculata above. (I say superior because it is a very strong grower and the maculata is on its last legs).

    Bookmark   October 25, 2013 at 11:15AM
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chloeasha

Beautiful! I love your "superior" one-- I like that kind of spacing and such with the blooms and the white blooms are just great. I am hoping to acquire a white-bloomed cane at some point.

I saw B. maculata "wightii" and others with the white blooms, but some pictures of B. maculata had pink or deep pink blooms. I wonder if maybe they are mislabeled then. Hmm.

OK, so it seems B. coccinea hybrid is the ID :) Those smooth leaf edges seem somewhat distinctive based on the other photos I've seen, but I don't really know. I'd totally defer to your judgment! Is it common to have that smooth, cupped edge?

    Bookmark   October 25, 2013 at 12:25PM
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hcmcdole(z7)

I have not seen any pink blooming maculata but there are many hybrids of it as well. Maybe you saw Flamingo Queen.

I have no idea if yours is a coccinea hybrid but most are described that way (coccinea var. hort.) I'd like to see the "real" coccinea stand up and take a bow.

Here is one of my "coccinea var. hort." canes. I have had several seedlings over the years that have some different traits but not enough to give them a lot of merit.

    Bookmark   October 25, 2013 at 1:33PM
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chloeasha

Very pretty! Ok, I think it's settled :) Thank you SO SO much Hcmcdole!

    Bookmark   October 25, 2013 at 2:12PM
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chloeasha

Hcmcdole,

The more I'm sitting here and thinking about it, the more I thought I just want to say you have a stunning collection. I'm sure you've been at this for years and years. You're a wonderful asset to the forum. Thank you for taking the time to work with people like me who probably ask the most irksome of questions. :)

As I search for old messages on plants I'm interested in, I am forever running across your posts about them. They are a huge help.

    Bookmark   October 25, 2013 at 2:34PM
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