Sunday, 16 January 2011

The odd one out - waddya regon?


The first one is a grevillea. The third one is a callistemon. But what is the middle one?

It has the broad leaf of a lilly, but not the flower. It also has the broad leaf of an aspidistra, but not the flower.

I think it is fairly common, and could even be a *gasp* ... weed!

Update
Onya Diane! She identified the middle plant above as a Ginger Plant (alpinia zerumbet) with this link ... http://www.tradewindsfruit.com/shell_ginger.htm. Jilly agreed and provided this link ... http://toptropicals.com/pics/garden/c9/7575.jpg

Thank you sooo much, DB.

January 16, 2011 11:35 PM

23 comments:

Jilly said...

Hmmmm...I suppose it's not a heliconia? That is tropical as opposed to sub-tropical - used to grow them in Cairns, so perhaps not. Leaf perhaps not right, I can't remember. I shall look forward to someone knowing the answer.

Andrew said...

What Jilly said, a heliconia. The leaves look like a Mother in Law's Tongue. Something about the flower is scratching at the back of my mind. I may well say 'I knew that', when the correct answer comes.

Luis Gomez said...

I like the tree of them in spite of what they are Julie.

Rob and Mandy said...

Haven't got a clue, but your photos are awesome!

Girl about Oslo said...

Hi girl...
I love your photos they are truly amazing:)

Have a great day.

anjoe playhouse said...

I can't help, but like the Grevillea best. Great photos ;-)

altadenahiker said...

I have that grevillea in my front yard. And it's in bloom.

Julie said...

Hiker, Our two climates are often synchronised, but we are heading into the time of year when more of the world climate is synchronised.

Have to tread warily these days when deciding whether to use 'climate' or 'weather'.

Julie said...

I am not sure it is a heliconia, the inflorescence here is softer and squishier, and the leaf less banana-like. If I am right, a heliconia is related somehow to the 'Bird of Paradise' (Streliztia Reginae), except that flower grows out of a spathe rather than hanging down like this.

Still searching ...

Chwile... said...

Wszystkie niesamowite ale to ostatnie przypomina mi jakieś pompony.

Kay L. Davies said...

It's very pretty, whatever it is.
-- K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Julie said...

Thank you Chwile. I translated your Polish to mean that you like it and that it does remind you of a flower but you dont know which.

We will get an identification. I know we will.

Joan Elizabeth said...

I haven't got a clue .. having enough trouble identifying my own wildflower patch. The other two are such wonderful additions to any garden, a delight to see in your blog today.

bfarr said...

Beautiful. BTW, some of my favorite flowers are weeds : )

altadenahiker said...

Agree with climate vs weather. Wish more knew the difference. Particularly on my continent.

J Bar said...

Don't know, but it looks great too.

Cinthia said...

Wonderful....

diane b said...

It is a ginger plant. alpinia zerumbet ...maybe. Look here.

http://www.tradewindsfruit.com/shell_ginger.htm

Jilly said...

Diane, Oh well done! Why didn't I think of a ginger? I've got a ginger here (different variety but even so). It's definitely this one. Here's another pic.

http://toptropicals.com/pics/garden/c9/7575.jpg

JM said...

The top shot is truly amazing, Julie! The third plant is quite common in outdoor gardens here.

Julie said...

Yeehah!! Thank you Diane for that knowledge. Most appreciated, and with a link too.

And Jilly ... taa ...

Around Alice with Mike said...

The grevillea is such a nice tasting flower. In particular the honey grevillia. If you leave them on the plant until they go a dark version of their naturally colour, ie Honey Grev. go a deep orange, they actually ferment. When birds eat them they get a little drunk and aboriginals used to use them as a mild alcohol at this stage or used in water for young children to sweeten the often horrible tasting water. Check out an awesome book called "Bushfire, Bush Tucker", it's brilliant.

nouvelles couleurs - vienna atelier said...

such beautifull colours