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Bouquet Greenery (bought in Britain)

Posted by suemc 9 (My Page) on
Mon, Dec 23, 13 at 20:12

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


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RE: Bouquet Greenery (bought in Britain)

Araucaria heterophylla?


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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.


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  • Posted by bboy USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA (My Page) on
    Wed, Dec 25, 13 at 14:22

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.


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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.


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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.


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


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


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


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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.


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Leucadendron sp.


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Maybe Berzelia.

Here is a link that might be useful: Berzelia


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another link

Here is a link that might be useful: Berzelia


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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


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


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


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  • Posted by bboy USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA (My Page) on
    Fri, Dec 27, 13 at 13:53

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.


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