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cactuspic



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2007 6:47 pm    Post subject: Unknown flowering vine Reply with quote

While meandering about on my recent trip to Santa Monica, I chanced upon this beautiful flower lit by the early morning sun. I have no idea what it is. If anyone can help with the ID, I would appreciate it greatly. Hope you enjoy.

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Ken Ramos



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2007 6:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have not been to Santa Monica in years but on Wilshire Blvd., I believe is a nice little out of doors place called the "Mucky Duck," got the coldest pitchers of beer in town and pretty good food. As for the flower, I have seen one of those but have no idea what it is called. Beautiful image though. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2007 10:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Ken. I thought Santa Monica and the surroundings were scenic and there were many fascinating shops, restaurants, etc. I am glad I don't have to pay to live there though.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2008 7:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wonder what pollinates this flower Think Shocked
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Harold Gough



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 3:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Possibly some kind of gesneriad?
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 8:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i see these all the time, dont know name sorry but good shot
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Cyclops



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmmm intriguing. The foliage looks pilose so yea could be a Gesneriad but the flower makes me think of a Tradescantia or some kind of Orchid.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 10:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My first reaction was Tradescantia but there seem not be be enough frills on the stamens, not that I know the genus well. Neither was I too happy with my suggestion of Gesneriad but it might be close.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 10:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I'm having particula difficulty as I'm viewing on a tiny phone screen plus I've never been abroad so don't know any tropicals in the flesh as it were
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 11:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Unless I am mistaken, it is the Glory Bush, Tibouchina semidecandra, family Melastomataceae. It generally grows to no more than three feet high in cultivation. There are a total of 250 species in the genus so it could be a different one. (I am concerned that the leaves do no quite fit).

Try Googling the name for images.

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