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Plant Identification: SOLVED: Which viburnum it is?

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khabbab
lahore
Pakistan
(Zone 10b)

March 18, 2013
4:10 AM

Post #9453143

Hi,

This is flowering right now in our spring here. Very fragrant. Can some one suggest which viburnum it is, assuming that it is a viburnum.

Many thanks

Khabbab
http://www.lahoregardening.com

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tlm1
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 9a)

March 18, 2013
3:31 PM

Post #9453862

My eyes could be deceiving me, but it looks more like a Ficus elastica…Though I've never seen one in bloom.

Edit to ask…Can you give some idea of the size of the leaves?

This message was edited Mar 18, 2013 5:33 PM
Darwiniensis
Darwin
Australia

March 18, 2013
6:11 PM

Post #9454022

Definitely not a Ficus. There is a reason why you have never seen a Ficus with visible flowers, and that is that the flowers are tiny and are concealed inside the fig or syconium. In most Figs (except those that are parthenocarpic) the flowers are pollinated by a host specific species of wasp which gains access to the syconium through a small, natural opening called an ostiole. Figs and fig wasps have a very fascinating symbiotic relationship.

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

growin

growin
Vancouver, BC
(Zone 8b)


March 18, 2013
7:12 PM

Post #9454090

Reminds me of Ixora.
Rlalique
Bristol
United Kingdom

March 19, 2013
1:15 AM

Post #9454336

Osmanthus sp?
tlm1
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 9a)

March 19, 2013
5:10 AM

Post #9454422

Very interesting info, Darwinensis. Never knew. The thing that made me think F.elastica, was simply the shape and possible size of the leaves. Having said that, I'm thinking Rlalique could be on to something here.
khabbab
lahore
Pakistan
(Zone 10b)

March 19, 2013
5:29 AM

Post #9454440

Well it is olive family for sure but not sure what it is. Not a viburnum though. It is not osmanthus fragrans.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

March 19, 2013
7:31 AM

Post #9454592

Rlalique wrote:Osmanthus sp?


It can't be Osmanthus or anything else in the olive family, as they all have 4 petals, while your plant has 5 petals per flower.

Resin
tlm1
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 9a)

March 19, 2013
7:49 AM

Post #9454616

Well then, I'd say growin had it all along….Ixora coccinea probably. ?

This message was edited Mar 19, 2013 9:50 AM
Vestia
San Francisco, CA

March 19, 2013
11:59 AM

Post #9454883

I don't think it's Ixora; most have four-petaled flowers in terminal clusters. I don't have an idea of what it is yet, sorry.
tlm1
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 9a)

March 19, 2013
12:39 PM

Post #9454926

Oh yeah, 5…Sorry
Vestia
San Francisco, CA

March 19, 2013
12:42 PM

Post #9454931

for some reason it calls to mind Luculia, but I've never seen one like that. Perhaps it is a related plant in the Rubiaceae.

growin

growin
Vancouver, BC
(Zone 8b)


March 19, 2013
12:55 PM

Post #9454946

How about Acokanthera oppositifolia http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/164982/
For some reason it still screams Ixora to me but...
Vestia
San Francisco, CA

March 19, 2013
1:29 PM

Post #9454993

That looks pretty good Growin.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

March 19, 2013
1:33 PM

Post #9454998

Good call - the flowers do have that "ship's propellor" slight spiral turn typical of Apocynaceae (like Oleander), and Acokanthera is in that family.

If correct, highly toxic.

Resin

growin

growin
Vancouver, BC
(Zone 8b)


March 19, 2013
1:34 PM

Post #9455001

You're right about the petal count so it's not Ixora. The "oppositifolia" of the OP's plant does kinda show that alternating opposite leaf arrangement. I was just trying to figure out if the bloom itself is right (centre).

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