Mesemb for ID, please

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Mesemb for ID, please

Post by Chris L » Wed Jun 19, 2019 8:10 pm

Recently I visited Ralph's collection in Wales and he very kindly gave me a few pieces of this mesemb that had become detached from a plant growing in his garden.

I shoved the bits into a pot and left it outside with my outdoor Opuntia bowls. Very surprised today when I got home to see that the mesemb stems were flowering with wonderful white flowers.

Does anyone know what it might be please (Ralph doesn't know either).

Thanks.
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Re: Mesemb for ID, please

Post by BrianMc » Wed Jun 26, 2019 4:23 pm

Chris L wrote:
Wed Jun 19, 2019 8:10 pm
Recently I visited Ralph's collection in Wales and he very kindly gave me a few pieces of this mesemb that had become detached from a plant growing in his garden.
Lampranthus Sp. ?
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Post by iann » Wed Jun 26, 2019 8:12 pm

BrianMc wrote:
Wed Jun 26, 2019 4:23 pm
Chris L wrote:
Wed Jun 19, 2019 8:10 pm
Recently I visited Ralph's collection in Wales and he very kindly gave me a few pieces of this mesemb that had become detached from a plant growing in his garden.
Lampranthus Sp. ?
That's as much as I could come up with. Not one of the obvious ones, so you might struggle to get a more precise name.
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Re: Mesemb for ID, please

Post by topsy » Thu Jun 27, 2019 9:39 am

HI,

I have an identical plant labelled Oscularia caulescens. Of course I have not looked it up to see if mine is correctly named!

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Re: Mesemb for ID, please

Post by Terry S. » Thu Jun 27, 2019 10:02 am

There is a 5-locule seed capsule visible which would fit for Lampranthus or Oscularia. However the stamens are radiating rather than in a tight cone around the stigma; this should rule out Oscularia according to "Mesembs of the World". Both stamen formations can be found in Lampranthus.
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Re: Mesemb for ID, please

Post by ralphrmartin » Thu Jun 27, 2019 5:38 pm

This probably doesn't help with ID, but here's my plant doing its stuff. It's hardy, and lives outside the front of the house. (Ignore the leaves - they belong to a Japanese Quince which it is outcompeting!)
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Re: Mesemb for ID, please

Post by Smel » Wed Jul 10, 2019 4:39 pm

Hi,
I have Oscularia deltoides which looks very simular in leaf shape, but with lilac flowers.

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Re: Mesemb for ID, please

Post by ralphrmartin » Wed Jul 10, 2019 5:53 pm

I'm pretty sure it's not Oscularia deltoides, as that has triangular, toothed leaves, and this doesn't.
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