Challenge: Can you figure out what this is?

timvidMay 30, 2006

OK everybody, let's have some fun. I took this picture of something in my yard this weekend. Let's see who's the first to guess what it is.

Tim

www.WildlifeTheater.com

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lisa11310(z5 MI)

Some sort of fruit?
Lisa

    Bookmark   May 31, 2006 at 2:09PM
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timvid

Nope, but that's a good guess. It does look sort of pineapple-ish, doesn't it.

Tim

    Bookmark   May 31, 2006 at 10:33PM
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irishguy24(LI 7)

Honeycomb/bee hive?

    Bookmark   June 1, 2006 at 10:33AM
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lisa11310(z5 MI)

well then it has to be the center of some flower......???

    Bookmark   June 1, 2006 at 11:54AM
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dirtgirl(So. Illinois)

Ok, I am going to guess that it is the center of a developing sunflower....at least the pattern looks right.

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    Bookmark   June 1, 2006 at 1:56PM
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timvid

It's not a sunflower, but it is a flower. Should I just tell you what kind? (It's pretty tricky, because you could even have the flower but never see this).

Tim

    Bookmark   June 1, 2006 at 8:04PM
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dirtgirl(So. Illinois)

no, no, don't give it to us that easily.
give us a clue or two.
this is fun....!

    Bookmark   June 1, 2006 at 8:52PM
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lisa11310(z5 MI)

Rats Tim, I dont know what zone you are in, but I have a sneaking feeling it's not a flower I would have here in Michigan!
Lisa

    Bookmark   June 1, 2006 at 11:35PM
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timvid

Sorry, I should have told you the zone... zone 7, Memphis, TN. It is native to the Southeast, but is cold hardy to zone 5.

Tim

    Bookmark   June 2, 2006 at 10:21AM
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catherinet(5 IN)

The center of a daisy before it's developed??
Too bad you can't zoom slowly outward until somebody can get it.
It looks like those things in the center are developing at different rates.
Hmmmm.....can you give us another clue?

    Bookmark   June 2, 2006 at 2:51PM
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lisa11310(z5 MI)

HUUUMM Cath, cant be a daisy then, they are cold hardy to zone -500 LOL

    Bookmark   June 2, 2006 at 3:35PM
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timvid

Not a daisy. HINT: It grows to about 18 inches tall, and the basal foliage spreads about 18 inches.

Tim

    Bookmark   June 2, 2006 at 3:59PM
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lisa11310(z5 MI)

Well Tim, I am going out to the garden now with a magnifying glass, first stop cornflower.
Lisa

    Bookmark   June 2, 2006 at 4:04PM
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gardener_sandy

I'm going to guess it's the recepticle (what's left after the flower falls off) of some flower. Close?

    Bookmark   June 4, 2006 at 2:40AM
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timvid

Yes, that's what it is. Thanks for telling me the correct term..I didn't know what to call it.

HINT: This flower was named after a 19th century Scottish botanist.

Tim

    Bookmark   June 4, 2006 at 10:19AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

This?

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   June 4, 2006 at 4:11PM
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timvid

Nope, that's not it. That's an interesting-looking flower though.

Tim

    Bookmark   June 4, 2006 at 8:01PM
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catherinet(5 IN)

Rhizo....is that chettle charm?

    Bookmark   June 4, 2006 at 8:30PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Delphinium brunonianum...l.named after a 19th century Scottish botanist. :-)

    Bookmark   June 4, 2006 at 9:54PM
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timvid

Hmmm...now I've found another source that says the namesake of this flower was an ENGLISH botanist. So now I don't know if he was Scottish or English. He's also noted as a writer and physician.

Tim

    Bookmark   June 4, 2006 at 10:09PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

(lol)....seems like they ALL were back then. Multi-talented, I mean. How about a clue to the plant family? Seems like it might be in the Asteracea (Compositae) family. Would that be correct?

    Bookmark   June 4, 2006 at 10:51PM
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timvid

Yes, rhizo, you're correct.

Tim

    Bookmark   June 5, 2006 at 12:44AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Tim, dear....we need some more CLUES!!!!!! Give us a chance!

    Bookmark   June 5, 2006 at 10:48PM
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timvid

HINTS: Mine are a lavender/blue, though they come in other colors. In my zone (7), the basal foliage stays evergreen, and they thrive in full sun. The bloom can be 4 inches across.

Tim

    Bookmark   June 5, 2006 at 11:05PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Is it one of the Osteospermums? There are no many of them, SURELY one is named for a Scottish/English 19th Century botanist, lol!

And if not, the next @!#$%*!! needs to be a darned PICTURE! ;-)

    Bookmark   June 6, 2006 at 9:30AM
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timvid

For my own protection, I have attached a photo. I won't be able to post again until later tonight.

Tim

    Bookmark   June 6, 2006 at 10:10AM
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lisa11310(z5 MI)

I am sure that even if I saw a pic of the whole thing I STILL wouldnt know what it was! LOL
lisa

    Bookmark   June 6, 2006 at 10:48AM
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timvid

If you want to know what it is, here's a link for you.

Tim

Here is a link that might be useful: Nature's Pattern

    Bookmark   June 6, 2006 at 7:59PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

TOTALLY cool! Many thanks, Tim.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2006 at 8:27AM
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catherinet(5 IN)

Cool! Thanks Tim. That was fun. How 'bout another?

    Bookmark   June 7, 2006 at 3:18PM
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gardener_sandy

Yes, cool!! I vote for another, too. It made us "stretch" and that's good mental exercise!

Tim, may I use your picture to post on a discussion board for our Master Gardeners? I think they would enjoy the challenge as much as we have.

Sandy

    Bookmark   June 7, 2006 at 6:02PM
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timvid

Thanks everyone. I'm glad you enjoyed it and hope it wasn't too frustrating. If I can come up with another good one I'll try it again.

Sandy, I'm fine with you using the photo for that purpose.

Tim

    Bookmark   June 7, 2006 at 8:59PM
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