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popper1
Mulberry, FL

June 8, 2012
5:53 PM

Post #9157554

I am posting this here too, even though it is an ID, because I think it might be an Australian plant. This is a woody climber with very large (12" +) leaves that have a furry texture. Has not bloomed, so it is harder to ID. Any help is greatly appreciated.


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tropicbreeze
noonamah
Australia

June 10, 2012
3:31 AM

Post #9158865

It's got me stumped, and probably a lot of others. Ironically, it looks like a plant I do have but it's a tree and not a vine. Good luck with getting an ID.
AlisonOZ
Gold Coast
Australia

June 30, 2012
11:52 PM

Post #9188376

Looks like a Ficus
Gabi65
Newcastle(NSW)
Australia
(Zone 10a)

July 4, 2012
1:03 AM

Post #9192307

Those big shiny leaves are, as far as I can see, Frangipani or, as otherwise known, Plumeria. It will grow to be a large woody tree, which you may prune in tthe cold season, when it has lost its leaves. Otherwise it drips white sap everywhere. I don't know what they do in Hawaii about the sap. Cut whole branches off. Let cut ends dry out for 3-4 weeks then pot up, if thats what you want.

There seems to be some sort of vine leaves behind the big shiny ones, which look furry, look like green beans?
popper1
Mulberry, FL

July 9, 2012
7:39 AM

Post #9198877

There are quite a few vines behind the main plant, Bauhinia, Aristolochia, Tecomanthe, Combretum.

Even though the big leaves look shiny (I think it had just rained) they are furry. Plus they are a lot latger than Plumeria leaves.

Thanks for your help,

David
biddy52
BROOKFIELD
Australia

July 21, 2012
7:31 PM

Post #9213878

[quote="popper1"]I am posting this here too, even though it is an ID, because I think it might be an Australian plant. This is a woody climber with very large (12" +) leaves that have a furry texture. Has not bloomed, so it is harder to ID. Any help is greatly appreciated.


popper1[/quote]

Could it be a Philodendron? Try a search for that?
popper1
Mulberry, FL

July 22, 2012
6:44 PM

Post #9214968

No, not a Philo. much more tree like then an aroid.

David

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Metrosideros
Keaau, HI


August 22, 2012
11:26 PM

Post #9250820

Maybe Morinda citrifolia, Indian Mulberry.

http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=moci3

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morinda_citrifolia

http://www.hear.org/starr/images/species/?q=morinda+citrifolia&o=plants

http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/57525/

This message was edited Aug 22, 2012 8:28 PM
tropicbreeze
noonamah
Australia

August 23, 2012
3:51 PM

Post #9251549

Not Morinda citrifolia. But the tree I mentioned previously that it looks like is Barringtonia asiatica. However, I wouldn't say the leaves are furry, and can't imagine it being mistaken for a vine.

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