I have this small shrub which a friend gave me but did not have a name (common or scientific). I recently planted it into the ground and it soon sent out flowers. It's about 2.5 ft. hifh with several branches starting low down.; large dark green leaves. I am attaching 2 photos for information. I would really like to have an ID. Many thks.
George de Verteuil - In Trinidad, 12 deg north, average temp about 33deg C day/25Deg C night, lots os rain!
Thank you Metrosideros. I think that you got it right (partly so, anyway). It surely must be a Sanchezia, but I am not so sure of the species. The infloresence internodes of my plant seem shorter and flowers have not yet emerged between bracts. Maybe I am too impatient and they will show in time. Incidently, since its publication on the WWW about 2 years ago, I always check "The Plant List" website for latest accepted name. It seems that S. noblis has been reduced to synonymy for S. oblongata.
I will post more pictures as the inflorescence develops.
OK, about 5 weeks later, here are acouple of photos showing the flowers and more extended bracts. Is it a form of S. oblongata? It's a big plant (think it will be a shrub soon!), Leaves are very large -8" long by 5-6" wide. Stems alout 3/4" thick. This species seems to be very variable based on the photos I saw on Google. Further comments much appreciated.
PS. very readily propagated from cuttings.