So frustrating ~~ you have a favored plant, but can never say, "Oh I love my _ _ _", because you don't know what it is. Or your neighbor has a plant you covet, but you can't ask for it by name at the nursery.
Let's see if we can help each other out on this thread. Post items you'd like identified, and check out what others need to know.
Here's one that's making me crazy. I've had it for a couple of years and only know (I think) that it's a member of the gesneriad family. It goes dormant but comes back bigger and stronger than ever. It's hard to get a picture of it because the yellow in the flowers is so excessively bright in a photo. The two photos were taken a couple of weeks apart. The earlier one (1st) more clearly shows the purple underside of the leaves.
Arrived in my garden right after Katrina. I suspect that seed was dropped from some Hispanic workers lunch pail,as a group sat daily and ate together. Vine sprouted shortly thereafter from that same exact spot. Tastes very bland. The vine has kind of taken over. Lovely tiny yellow flowers.
I was walking down the street in Zaachila today and saw this growing on a vine. I took a picture so I could ask for identification! I haven't been home very long, so haven't loaded the photos onto the computer yet.
bixa - move at will, I have no problem wherever it is. Nobody here uses weed killer so I know it's not that. The funny thing is that at one time I had the impression that soon after the parts that flowered, errr, flowered, they then died off. But I can't say that for sure at all and it seems a bit unreasonable. I'm closely watching those bit that are now in flower though. Nurseries are few and far between here, it's not exactly a national pastime or a lush area. But I'll see.
annie - I have to admit it now. I can read your thoughts. And I'm not easily frightened, but oh boy. I never thought you were like that.
Something has got twisted somewhere. I don't want to kill the hedge, you knew that didn't you? I want it to live and I was eventually trying to see what it's lifecycle is/was so I know if what is happening is natural or man made. But if I do need fertilizer they'll be the ones to contact. Where they are, Zamalek, is way in the town centre from me and anywhere between a 1 and 2 hour drive depending on traffic. I also suspect, knowing Zamalek, that it is only an office., not a nursery. It could well help though and thanks.
I was being facetious about the killing, Mark. It's always sort of disgusting to see companies that make a killing, as it were, from promoting the joys of nature in order to sell stuff that murders it. I don't really know what plant exporters do, if they'd have an on-premises nursery.
Your best bet for identification is probably the flowers, since there will be too many plants with similar leaves.
Yes, I can see the difference. It's not quite right. But it's pretty close, close enough that I think it must be part of the privet family. And henna is a big thing here still. I just need to look into this further. It would seem logical that it is part of that group. You're a good detective.
Yes, now I'm thinking that it might be part of the oleander family -- which is laurel.
Um ......... no.
Oleander is sometimes called "rose-laurel", but it is definitely not a laurel. Always be wary of common names, which can be very misleading.
When this plant is finally identified, part of its name might be something like "neriifolia", meaning that it has leaves resembling an oleander (Nerium oleander). However if you look at a close-up of oleander, you can see the leaves don't even grow from the stem in the same way as Mark's plant: www.goldmedalgrowers.com/images/NERIUM%20OLEANDER.JPG
Also, the flowers on the mystery hedge appear to be papery bracts -- radically different from the oleander flowers.
I wish the Fazes would look in here -- they might well recognize it and they are keen on botanical identification.
I am still grateful for all your efforts. I've been out to get my computer back from the repair shop and had difficulty sorting a couple of the settings out. If anyone needs any more photos I'm all to willing to oblige.
One thing I noticed today is with the flowers. They have three petals in a perfect triangle set up. What I mean is if you imagine the middle of the flower, each petal is at 120 degrees from the other, like a three bladed propeller.