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My alien tree bloomed!

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6th Dec 2010, 15:36  

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swamprose says:

holy magnolia! that's amazing. what do you think it will make? papayas, I'm hoping. no, mango? actually looks like a cucumber flower...very exciting.

6th Dec 2010, 18:17

Viv says:

impressive

6th Dec 2010, 20:31

MandyP says:

I'm going to have to check what it is - I bought it online in a mad succulent buying spree. It could be anything I tell you! When it arrived, all the leaves had fallen off and I thought it was a goner.

6th Dec 2010, 21:53

MandyP says:

6th Dec 2010, 22:49

swamprose says:

absolutely a Brighamia insignis, a rare plant native to coastal Hawaii. Says there is only one plant left in the wild, and it exists now because scientists and gardeners have carefully pollinated the flower, and raised the plants from seeds. Sounds like the moth that once did that work is gone..so double congrats, and will you be pollinating soon?

7th Dec 2010, 05:55

MandyP says:

I'm solemnly considering propagation but my knowledge goes only as far as "take little brush and brush it around the flowers." Do you think I need to know much more than that?

7th Dec 2010, 06:11

Caine says:

Wowza! Amazing plant, Mandy.

7th Dec 2010, 22:38

Jane Doe says:

Just spotted this, awesome!

13th Dec 2010, 16:17

MandyP says:

And it's still blooming! It's so nice when something grows despite of everything potentially wrong. :)

13th Dec 2010, 22:55

Jane Doe says:

I got the same feeling when I managed to grow fragipani from what looked like a dead stick

14th Dec 2010, 10:11