MWP Quiz 49

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MWP Quiz 49

Post by MWP admin » Mon Jan 07, 2008 3:16 pm

Today I had some inspiration for a quiz photo.

Tricky, but should not be so for the experts!

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Post by RB » Mon Jan 07, 2008 4:08 pm

Well I know the genus but not the exact species and a bit busy/lazy to look it up so I'll pass for someone else.

Unfortunately for you MWP (in a joking way of course) I also have one of these at home :-D

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Post by MWP admin » Mon Jan 07, 2008 4:10 pm

I am not surprised :lol:
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Post by IL-PINE » Mon Jan 07, 2008 11:30 pm

RB it seems you have the modern Argotti Botanic Gardens at your home, we should infiltrate one of these days :)

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Post by RB » Tue Jan 08, 2008 8:06 pm

Well it's actually in a medium-large sized pot, but it does happen to be somewhat tight there (now there's a clue)

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PS as an aside I really can not find the species :? I just looked now but no luck.

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Post by MWP admin » Tue Jan 08, 2008 10:11 pm

RB, I am quite convinced you know the genus so lets wait for the input of the other members. Anyone have an idea about the family or Genus :-)

PS, have you checked the other Quiz (MWP 50)

Hope I am not getting as bad as jackpot in evil quizzes :twisted:
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Post by Glimbo » Wed Jan 09, 2008 4:45 pm

If it' s a pot plant with you.......I stand NO chance. lol

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Post by RB » Wed Jan 09, 2008 6:53 pm

Glimbo, you will find that some different species in this genus are very common house plants, and another species still, often also found in a very particular place in the home, though not for decoration...

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Post by Glimbo » Wed Jan 09, 2008 9:51 pm

Culinary use?

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Post by MWP admin » Thu Jan 10, 2008 10:12 am

Culinary use hmmm... this one not really, but some of its relatives (of same Genus) have a culinary use (I like the soup most!)

Hint: I posted this plant as a quiz, as I was surprised that it belongs to this family !
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Post by Glimbo » Thu Jan 10, 2008 3:13 pm

Hi MWP,

right.................................. what are the flowers like?

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Post by RB » Thu Jan 10, 2008 3:34 pm

You are on the right track G, as for this one, this can grow up to 15ft+ tall given the room.

Still don't know the species, even though have had this plant for many years.

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Post by MWP admin » Thu Jan 10, 2008 8:32 pm

I have not yet seen the flowers, but assuming that it follows its brothers' pattern, it is 6 petals, 6 anthers, 1 pistil, stellate shape.
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Post by Glimbo » Fri Jan 11, 2008 1:19 am

Green or pale yellow flowers?

Any aroma from the leaves when crushed or bruised?

Nettle soup perhaps?

I find I'm thinking Choysia and Salix, but in a pot ... because it 's tender or invasive?.... and if not for culinary use for a natural remedy? and the height......... so .....many...questions......

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Post by MWP admin » Fri Jan 11, 2008 8:53 am

I would say pale yellow... but you are off track :o
Remember that this plant is mostly used for decoration and only some of its brothers are used in the kitchen!

It's a tricky one!

Are the other members hopeless !!!
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Post by IL-PINE » Fri Jan 11, 2008 10:34 am

well might be an Asparagus but no idea.

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Post by MWP admin » Fri Jan 11, 2008 12:16 pm

What do you think on Pine's comment Glimbo :lol:
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Post by Glimbo » Fri Jan 11, 2008 2:33 pm

I'm completely foxed - Asperagaceae ?

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Post by MWP admin » Sun Jan 13, 2008 7:30 pm

Yes, it is an Asparagus species with atypical leaves for its family - often having needle-like cladodes. I think I shall soon reveal the species as I see that it is not easy!
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Post by IL-PINE » Sun Jan 13, 2008 9:59 pm

got the hint from the soup

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Post by Glimbo » Mon Jan 14, 2008 11:35 am

I can't find it in any of my books - but then .......

Asparagus ....... or a member of one of the Asparagaceae as such?

I'm not going to get this one I don't think :(

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Post by MWP admin » Mon Jan 14, 2008 3:35 pm

Ok, here is the species name:

Asparagus falcatus L.

http://www.schneckeninfo.de/FotosDVD/A/0493.jpg

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http://www.schneckeninfo.de/FotosDVD/A5.shtml

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Post by Glimbo » Mon Jan 14, 2008 7:42 pm

good grief! thanks for that MWP. :shock: g

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Post by HC Weber » Wed Jan 16, 2008 5:08 pm

wow MWP- you became an expert for ornamentals without my new book!
This one is not common in Malta, and the pic is from San Anton in front of the wall :-D

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Post by MWP admin » Wed Jan 16, 2008 6:05 pm

Let's put it that I am getting better :-)
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Post by Tetraclinis » Wed Jan 16, 2008 6:12 pm

I have never seen this Asparagus around! It is a very strange species for this family, expecting it to have needle-like 'leaves' or very slender ones.

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Post by RB » Wed Jan 16, 2008 6:47 pm

As JP says, San Anton is your best bet.

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Post by Tetraclinis » Wed Jan 16, 2008 6:51 pm

I can read RB, thanks :-)

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