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burraganesh
Hyderabad
India
(Zone 12b)

December 8, 2012
10:00 AM

Post #9353024

Plz ID this plant, locals are saying it repels mosquitoes and hence they grow it.
It came in as a surprise plant when I took it's photo at a wedding function hall.

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Metrosideros

Metrosideros
Keaau, HI


December 8, 2012
3:39 PM

Post #9353215

Does the plant have a scent?

Any flowers or fruit to show?
burraganesh
Hyderabad
India
(Zone 12b)

December 8, 2012
7:28 PM

Post #9353353

No I have only seen leaves, I mistaken them for Betel leaf but when I took a closer look I came to know it's not (it is not a climber)
purpleinopp
Opp, AL
(Zone 8b)

December 9, 2012
6:33 AM

Post #9353532

A Datura?

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

December 9, 2012
6:43 AM

Post #9353543

Tried to find pix of citronella plants and they would only come up grass. We do have some shrubby citronella plants tho- I just can't find em on short notice
burraganesh
Hyderabad
India
(Zone 12b)

December 9, 2012
9:31 AM

Post #9353679

Well I give it a search as "mosquito repellent plants" in google images and the nearest match I could find is this pic.

It's called Houttuynia cordata, would you agree that the plant to be ID'd is this?. Please confirm so that we can close this thread.

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tlm1
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 9a)

December 9, 2012
9:36 AM

Post #9353684

The leaves don't look to be a match. May just have to wait for a bloom.
ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

December 9, 2012
9:45 AM

Post #9353701

I agree, definitely not Houttuynia.
burraganesh
Hyderabad
India
(Zone 12b)

December 9, 2012
9:52 AM

Post #9353710

Then what else would it be?. We may be misled by the "mosquito repellant nature" as quoted by locals.

I am thinking on a broader sense and I feel (based on it's leaf) that it is a young Kadamba plant, "Anthocephalus cadamba". Let's solve this soon.

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

December 9, 2012
3:19 PM

Post #9353995

MANY plants are accredited with mosquito repellant natures- but so is Skin So Soft- agreed it isn't a basil which also has mosquito repellant reputation. Agreed
, it isn't the Houttunya... Back to work- day not done yet, sigh

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