Abnormality on Bird of Paradise

Johnk39June 23, 2014

Does anyone know what this abnormality is? It is only on one of the many red Mexican Bird of Paradise we have in our yard.

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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

you might get an answer in the tropicals forum ...

one thing for sure.. it isnt a shrub...

there is a term for such.. in the hosta world.. and for the life of me.. its escaping me right now.. and i have seen it in conifers also ... crikey ..

ken

    Bookmark   June 23, 2014 at 1:57PM
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Sara Malone Zone 9b

It's called fasciation and happens to almost all plants but no one is exactly sure why. Could have something to do with moisture, could be an organism, could have to do with temperature - I've heard all kinds of theories. Some plants fasciate as part of their regular morphology - Celosia (cox's comb) or Pinus thunbergii 'Ogi' for example.

Sara

    Bookmark   June 23, 2014 at 2:04PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

thats the word i googled.. and couldnt get the right response..

OMG.... google failed... lol

ken

    Bookmark   June 24, 2014 at 8:51AM
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Sara Malone Zone 9b

I just Googled it and it came right up! Another trick if Google isn't recognizing your spelling - go into Wikipedia and use their search bar. Sometimes that works - their algorithms are different. I once Googled 'marcescence' and nothing came up, but I just did it again and got 14,900 hits. Some of it depends on your own habits but if Google is worth its salt it would realize that you are a plant fanatic!

Sara

    Bookmark   June 24, 2014 at 10:23AM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

"One thing for sure.. it isn't a shrub..."

While you're Googling, Ken, try putting in Caesalpinia pulcherrima. It's a shrub or small tree.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2014 at 12:29PM
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ghostlyvision

Also try looking under 'Pride of Barbados'. ;)

    Bookmark   June 30, 2014 at 12:57AM
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mikebotann(8a SE of Seattle)

I was expecting Strelitzia and was wondering how they could be growing in Arizona. I'm used to Bird of Paradise growing in Hawaii.

Mike

    Bookmark   June 30, 2014 at 9:50AM
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Sara Malone Zone 9b

The trouble with common names!

    Bookmark   June 30, 2014 at 9:07PM
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