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Plantidote of the Day 2011-01-10

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mystery flower

Mystery plant with flower

Back in November, this mystery Plantidote went unidentified. Today, we're trying again, this time with one of the plant's flowers.

This is a handsome vine/shrub with a woody stem, but no central trunk. It's a big, sprawling plant, easily more than six feet high and probably even wider. (Sorry to be so vague, but it belongs to a neighbor, so I don't really have access, except on the street side of the fence.) The dark green leaves are glossy and smooth.

The amazing flower is big, about six inches long, four inches across and currently in bloom. After a few days, the flower falls off and a fruit starts growing in its place. If you click on the link to the earlier post, you can see the fruit in tact, as well as sliced open. Any thoughts on what it could be? A gigantic hat tip awaits whoever figures this one out!

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Submitted by twig on

the Beaumontias don't appear to have the purple veins and the leaves look more deeply creased. These leaves are smooth, if that helps at all.

Also, the Beaumontia seems to be a spring/summer bloomer. This definitely flowers in fall/winter.

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Submitted by jerztomato on

I wish it wasn't tropical. It's probably too big to be kept in a pot. :((

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Submitted by twig on

grown from a branch of this one. But judging by the size of the one down the street, it needs a lot of room to spread out. And mine has never flowered, so it's probably not very happy being confined.

Submitted by lambert on

I don't know what it is, but whatever it is, amazing. It looks to me like some kind of humongous morning glory.