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Tree ID

Posted by shuffles 9B (My Page) on
Sat, Feb 15, 14 at 19:02

This flowering tree is native to the south of Chile.


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It appears to be Tepualia stipularis.


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fawnridge, the flowers are not white and are not fluffy. They look more like plastic or cake decorations. Maybe a relative?

Here is a link that might be useful: tepualia stipularis photo


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Shuffles, that plant really does look like plastic - both the flowers and the fern-like leaves. They even look like plastic does when it is a little bleached-out by the sun. Is it possible that it is plastic? (Were you in a cemetery, LOL?)

Did you take the pic? Do you have additional photos?

I believe you, if you say it is real. It just doesn't look that way from just that one photo.

Carol in Jacksonville


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Carol, I took the photo. It was a tree about 15' tall and full of those flowers. It didn't look like much from a distance, but close up, I couldn't believe it, totally thick with flowers. I didn't take more than that one photo. Here is the photo I took just before that one.

This post was edited by shuffles on Sun, Feb 16, 14 at 19:30


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Shuffles, WOW - thanks for the reply and that second photo! Gorgeous! Well, I'm eager to hear the identity when you find out. It is nothing like I have ever seen before and it must have been beautiful in person. Thanks again.

Carol


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I'd like to know, too. I've seen this as a plastic plant more than once but I had no idea it was based on anything real.


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Another volcano, seen from the farm where the tree is located.


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The tree is Lomatia ferruginia

Here is a link that might be useful: Lomatia ferruginia


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Thanks, shuffles. Such an interesting blossom.


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Wow, what a cool plant. So it really is real! Shuffles, did it have a scent? And did you get any seeds? Information on the web says it is hardy from Zones 8b to 11.

Below is a link to Google Images for more photos.

Carol

Here is a link that might be useful: Google Images - Lomatia ferruginea


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I didn't notice any scent. The seeds come later. I was in Chile for only two weeks. Seeds are available on the net. I have a feeling it would be at home between northern California and Juneau, Alaska. Who knows if it could survive Florida summers? Maybe as a container plant in the shade? It is grown in Ireland and Scotland, that I know of.


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