Bouquet Greenery (bought in Britain)

suemcwirralukDecember 23, 2013

Can anyone identify this curious plant in the middle of the picture please?

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garystpaul(4)

Araucaria heterophylla?

    Bookmark   December 23, 2013 at 11:17PM
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suemcwirraluk

Looked on google and the leaves on A. heterophylla are scale-like. The ones on the plant I have are fine and needle-like, about 1.5cm long. I didn't notice any pine/resin smell when I stripped the lower leaves or when I cut the stem. For scale, the cluster in the centre of the stem is about 7cm in diameter.

    Bookmark   December 25, 2013 at 9:34AM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

As I remember it this is an Australian flowering shrub, maybe even a protea - can't remember the name. The swollen stem tips I think open into flower heads later. Whatever it actually is, if you look at the selections being offered on cut floral products web sites it may be shown and named.

    Bookmark   December 25, 2013 at 2:22PM
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garystpaul(4)

Suemc, I may have misidentified it, but don't judge by the lack of a "pine smell." "Norfolk Island Pines" are not in any sense pines; that's a common name based on perceived similarity.

    Bookmark   December 25, 2013 at 3:26PM
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suemcwirraluk

My reference to lack of pine smell was more to do with my description of the leaves being needle-like, but thanks for your comments. I took bboy's advice but haven't managed to track the plant down on florist websites so I'm still none the wiser.

    Bookmark   December 25, 2013 at 7:54PM
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garystpaul(4)

Suemc, do let us know if you track it down. I'm curious now myself.

    Bookmark   December 25, 2013 at 9:57PM
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missingtheobvious(Blue Ridge 7a)

bboy, could you be thinking of one of the Grevillea?

    Bookmark   December 25, 2013 at 11:26PM
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gregorson

Not Araucaria or Grevillea. I have sold tons of this to florists shops. Now I have not been working for 3 yrs so itôs name slipped my mind. Itôs Australian and I Believe it can be found in South Africa as well.

    Bookmark   December 26, 2013 at 11:06AM
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carol23_gw

Gergorson, perhaps you can contact your source of material and ask for their list. A plant name on a list might jump out at you.

    Bookmark   December 26, 2013 at 12:10PM
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thedecoguy

Leucadendron sp.

    Bookmark   December 26, 2013 at 2:20PM
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carol23_gw

Maybe Berzelia.

Here is a link that might be useful: Berzelia

    Bookmark   December 26, 2013 at 4:05PM
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carol23_gw

another link

Here is a link that might be useful: Berzelia

    Bookmark   December 26, 2013 at 6:24PM
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suemcwirraluk

carol123, I think you have nailed it! It looks very much like B.albiflora to me. See link. Many thanks everyone.

PS It would be a great pity if the species was on an endangered list as suggested from the link, although the blurb on the website doesn't make it clear. I doubt it would be shipped out to florists if is was though.

Here is a link that might be useful: B. albiflora

    Bookmark   December 26, 2013 at 8:27PM
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suemcwirraluk

On second reading, the info suggests a stable taxon. That'll teach me to scan read!

    Bookmark   December 26, 2013 at 8:32PM
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gregorson

Yes it is a Berzillia, the tags on the bouquets, we sold, said: Albiflora and Silver Brunia.

    Bookmark   December 27, 2013 at 1:07PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

White balls are what I thought it was going to produce, but the name doesn't ring any bells so I just didn't know it that well.

    Bookmark   December 27, 2013 at 1:53PM
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