Can anyone identify this curious plant in the middle of the picture please?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Suemc, do let us know if you track it down. I'm curious now myself.
bboy, could you be thinking of one of the Grevillea?
Not Araucaria or Grevillea. I have sold tons of this to florists shops. Now I have not been working for 3 yrs so itÃÂ´s name slipped my mind. ItÃÂ´s Australian and I Believe it can be found in South Africa as well.
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.
Here is a link that might be useful: Berzelia
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
On second reading, the info suggests a stable taxon. That'll teach me to scan read!
Yes it is a Berzillia, the tags on the bouquets, we sold, said: Albiflora and Silver Brunia.
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.