Hi from Mauritius! Help identify these tropical plants

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  1. calinromania

    calinromania Young Pine

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    Welcome Oubee... lots of students from Mauritius come to my town to study medicine :)

    2 is some kind of Stapelia
    5 might be Ledebouria socialis (the one on the right with spots)
    8 a Crinum (on the right)
    9 maybe Agapanthus
    16 Hibiscus

    As you can see I prefer Latin names.

    I'd do a trade with you... but only seeds or small, small bulbs/corms.

    Postage is too expensive for boxes :)

    CALIN
     
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    FlowerFreak22 In Flower Plants Contributor

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    I think a couple of them might be:

    5 - Rattlesnake Aloe, Manfreda virginica 'Spot'
    16 - Hibiscus
    17 - Sumac
    20 - might be Pineappleweed, Matricaria discoidea
     
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  3. oubee

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    Ahh, all Mauritians (except me :D ) go for studies abroad lolz.

    Wow, right! Stapelia grandiflora maybe? http://www.cactus-art.biz/schede/STAPEL ... iflora.htm
    Can't wait to see the blooms!

    Maybe a relative! At first glance, there seems to be some variations. Will Google it further and let you know!

    Does not seem like it. Some1 had ID'ed it in another thread. It's got those leopard like spots and spectacular red flowers.


    Na, it's got pink flowers.

    It supposed to bear flowers resembling Hibiscuses but I dunno if it's one for the lower leaves are partly white. This plant's growth has been stunted for a long time coz it was kept in a pot. I then noticed it had stopped bearing new leaves and then moved it into the soil. But the new leaves are only green in colour.



    Yeah and I wonder why

    Haha, finally! I have to check Mauritius's rules first. Let's keep our fingers crossed 8) and thanks a lot, Calin!!
     
  4. oubee

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    Hi FlowerFreak :)

    A type of aloe, yeah but not rattlesname for the spots are whitish rather than brownish.

    Hmm you think so too. The flower, as I said in response to Calin above, has never bloomed but someone told me the flowers look pretty much the same except that this one's smaller in size.

    Bingo!!

    Or Cosmos? The bud opened this morning to reveal a vermillion coloured flower!! This is so exciting! :stew2:
     



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  5. carolyn

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    I don't think that you have a sumac in there. It looks more like an Ailanthus to me, but I am not certain it is that, either. I, also think calin was correct in his ID of #16 the hibiscus. #8 on the left looks like lemon basil.
     
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  6. oubee

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    Hello Carolyn :)

    Lemon basil seems correct. It's blooming now, will update with some pictures and it's pretty leafy so am gonna have to Google up some uses for it :D Wonder how it grew on my rooftop though! Birds?

    To be truth, I, hitherto, knew only 2 types of basils: the purple one and the other thicker variety with a more strong smell.

    @ Ailanthus: I was thinking more about the lines of Spondia (or fruit de cythere as we call them here). What do you think? I might have buried a pit there and the rain might have done the rest?
     
  7. calinromania

    calinromania Young Pine

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    OOOPS
    Then... maybe SCADOXUS???
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    Over here, we overwinter these inside, and keep them completely dry (like Hippeastrum) and take them outside with the pots in spring and start watering them. They do BLOOM!
     
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    Oubee, I am not familiar with spondia, so I can't really comment on it. On the basil though, pinch it back and use it if you want or dry/freeze it for later use, but letting it go to seed will arrest it's growth, but that is only if you aren't wanting/needing the seeds for future crop.

    Lots of people love fresh basil with their tomatoes, drizzled with olive oil...mmmmmm. I am not an herb eater so I don't do much with them. I just like the smell of them, weird, huh?
     
  9. oubee

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    Yep, seems like it! Thanks!

    Good news is that our winters are tropical here; the temp rarely goes below 18 deg :D I'll def keep this one :)
     
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    Oh, ya, will do so. To be truth, I ddnt know basils were culinary herbs :D here, people cultivate them (esp the purple one) for either decorative purposes or because of their religious convictions. Hindus venerate this plant). But, I'll try to cook a basic meal using these and see how it goes by!


    Haha, I would not blame you! With tomatoes...hmm images of pastas and pizzas are hovering around my head and I think the aroma of pure Italian sauce is wafting in the air too :D
     
  11. Jewell

    Jewell Incorrigible Gardener Plants Contributor

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    Hi from northwestern Washington state (USA) Welcome to the stew!
    You have a very nice variety of plants. 21 on the right is a variety of dumb cane. Could the one on the left be a type of begonia? Of the big leaf variety?
     
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    Hiyaa! Thanks. Seems like a Dumb cane, yup. Hehe, na, that one's a jack fruit plant :D Granny planted it. Sorry for not having pointed that out earlier. The one in the middle is some elephant ear, (from what I saw on another thread here), is it not?

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