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Friday, September 05, 2008

Mystery Solanum

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Photo taken on Trinidad Head. I'm pretty sure this is a variety of solanum, but I haven't been able to key it yet. If any of you garden bloggers know, please leave me a comment.




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6 comments:

Paz said...

I just know it's a beautiful flower. I love the colors.

Paz

Anonymous said...

Solanum crispum Glasnevin. A scrambling climber as described in my RHS Encyclopedia it says it can grow to 20ft.
Well captured and it's a lovely colour Christine.
Anne

Christine said...

Hi Paz, I took the photo with a flash so I would get a dark background and really show the flower's color. Glad you like it.

Thank you for your research, Anne, but the plant is a shrub, not a vine and it's growing on a rock that's in the ocean under a fir canopy. Not alkaline soil at all. I'll send you a photo of the shrub and see if that helps. I love it that you know so much about plants!

Anonymous said...

I think it is probably a shrub variety as the flowers look exactly like the one you have on your photo, perhaps it doesn't have Glasnevin, I will double check and let you know.
Anne

Christine said...

Thanks so much, Anne!

Anonymous said...

I looked in an old book while at Mum's and I think it is the Solanum crispum and it can be called Autumnale or Glasnevin and it can be either bushy or scrambling. It also has another name of Chilean potato-tree.
Anne