conifer

mommy115(9)April 8, 2013

I can't figure out how to attach more than one photo so I will send three messages, each with one photo. This first photo is a close up of a freshly developing cone. This bush has a loose, free-form growth habit and is only 3 feet tall after a number of years growth. The one inch needles are somewhat soft. The new cones have orange "petals" which dry up when cone is developed. In it's semi-shade position it appears to get only one cone per year although there were two dry cones on it, one male and one female.

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tedhort

Grevillea, maybe G. ericifolia (cult....)

Regards

    Bookmark   April 8, 2013 at 3:04AM
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mommy115(9)

Thank you tedhort. I see grevillea has a lot of varieties. This photo certainly looks like several of them. If you could check the photo I just attached or else my message of "conifer 2" I'm wondering if grevillea forms what looks like a the cone that you will see in that photo. If so, is that actually a cone or is it called something else?

    Bookmark   April 8, 2013 at 3:41AM
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tedhort

Hi,

Correction on my previous post -- not a Grevillea, -- most likely Banksia ericifolia.

Ted

    Bookmark   April 8, 2013 at 3:49AM
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tedhort

Hi again,

The 2nd pic is of the seed head which is typical of Banksia spp. This forms after the flower dies away -- easily mistaken for a coniferous structure.

Ted

    Bookmark   April 8, 2013 at 3:52AM
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mommy115(9)

The Banksia looks spot on! Does it get a cone like the photo I attached? Are the big corn nut resembling things actually seeds? I know this is an ID forum but you seem very knowledgable about this plant. Any idea if it will propagate in some way? It's my neighbors plant.

    Bookmark   April 8, 2013 at 3:56AM
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mommy115(9)

I see your comment about my 'cone' photo. Do you know anything about propagation?

    Bookmark   April 8, 2013 at 3:58AM
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tedhort

Try and read the info in the link below, should answer your question reasonably well

http://anpsa.org.au/banksia2.html

Regards,

Ted

    Bookmark   April 8, 2013 at 4:00AM
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mommy115(9)

Thanks again tedhort! You sure know your stuff, are you a horticulturist?

    Bookmark   April 8, 2013 at 4:33AM
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tedhort

Yes I am---however, you will find many "qualified" people in this forum to help you.

In fact, many of the excellent contributions made here are not necessarily offered by members with formal qualifications. One of the "side effects" gained thru enjoying gardening and being a gardener is that an increase in plant knowledge naturally follows.

Regards.

    Bookmark   April 8, 2013 at 4:53AM
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