Can You ID this Flower Stem With Yellow Flowers?

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  1. Sjoerd

    Sjoerd Mighty Oak

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    As many of you may know, keeping cut flowers on the coffee table in the living room is something that I do. Cut flowers here are not very expensive.

    At any rate this last batch was a mixture and there is one particular flower that has caught my eye. I like it very much, so much so that i am beginning a campaign to discover its name and then see if it can be grown here out of doors.

    In this first foto, you can see what is left of a large bouquet. The dead and dying flowers have been removed and thrown away...the ones that you see in this smaller vase are the sturdier ones.

    Now....the object of my inquiry are the yellow flowered stems with multiple blooms on them...some still have buds. I am guessing that whatever plant this is--it sends up a stem that is loaded with flower buds (as a Digitalis does, for instance).
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    In this foto, one of the stems has been removed from the company of its mates so that you can see more exactly how the flower stem looks, with its flowers.
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    I do not perceive any fragrance.

    I hope that you guys can tell me the name. --Thanks
     
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  3. AAnightowl

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    Oooh.. I love them too. :stew1: I hope we can solve the mystery ! I would like some for my garden if they will grow here also. I am zone 6b in Missouri.
     
  4. Sjoerd

    Sjoerd Mighty Oak

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    I'm glad you like those...I think they are would go good in the garden and I am hoping that someone can identify them too---
    Calling all identifiers!

    Where's the resident taxonomist?

    Toni.....Droopy.......gimmie some idears.

    Anybody.
     
  5. carolyn

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    This reminds me of the ornithogalum thyrsoides or african wonder flower, Chincherinchee. grows from a bulb. we only got it as a cut flower in the flower shop. I have never seen the plant or the bulb for sale. I'm not 100% certain that that is what you have but it is the closest thing that I can think of in looks.
     



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  6. Sjoerd

    Sjoerd Mighty Oak

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    Well Carolyn, I have to say that it resembles "my" plant to a 'T', except for the colour. I shall have to do a bit of sniffing-around. I particularly like that "faded sulphur" colour.

    Thank you so much for your time.
     
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    Hi Sjoerd,
    i would have to agree with Carolyn,..most certain that your flowers are Ornithogalum thyrsoides,Chincherinchee.

    Here is a link you might find interesting.
    Images for Ornithogalum thyrsoides
     
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    Thanks Philip...yes, I was looking at that...and noticed that they are mostly white ones. I am trying to discover the name of the pale yellow ones now.
     
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    Cool. I have one variety of them here, Star of Bethelhem and they grow wild all over my yard. I can't even pronounce their latin name though.



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    Star of Bethlehem ( photo / image / picture from AAnightowl's Garden )
     
  10. Sjoerd

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    Those flowers of yours look quite nice, AA. Are you happy with them and how they do in your garden?
     
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    Sjoerd, could they have dyed them before selling the boquet ? Some florist shops here dye some of the flowers for contrast.
     
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    I suppose that they could have, but the colouring seems even and also not "accumulated" at the edges of the petals--which I notice in dyed blooms....but still.....
    It is a good thought that I shall have to keep in mind. Thanks.
     
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    eileen Resident Taxonomist Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    Sjeord your flowers could be Ornithogalum Dubium Yellow Asa or perhaps Ornithogalum Dubium Namib Gold.
     
  14. Sjoerd

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    Thank you Eileen I shall look into those, and then see if I can find a seller here.

    I have the terrible feeling that if they were plants that did it well here, they would have come to my attention earlier. --chuckle.

    No, but I do think that the plants that I am looking for could well be one of those two that you suggested. Thanks again.

    Thanks again to Carolyn, who was the first to ID the plant genus.
     
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    Hi Sjoerd, you are very welcome. I had to do a little digging to find exactly what I was thinking (it's been 18 years since the flowershop job). but since I already knew the flower, just couldn't remember what it was called, I dug out my big garden encyclopedia of plants and thumbed through it until I found the image i was looking for. The book information for the specific one I am looking at says 30-45cmhighXspread of10-15cm growing zone is 7-10
     
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    Thanks again, Carolyn--you did great work...and what a memory! 18 years. :)
    We an get many South African flowers here but this particular one.....welllll, I don't know. I will look for it though. Now that I know the Genus name and possibly the species names I shall come a long ways.

    I do appreciate your effort on this.
     

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