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Desfontainia spinosa


Spotted in Benmore Botanic Gardens, Argyll, Scotland. Large shrub with small Holly like leaves, smothered in these blooms. I'm thinking south-America, maybe Chile, maybe Ericaceae....?

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Desfontainia spinosa Desfontainia

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Agustín Amenabar L
Agustín Amenabar L 12 years ago

I was on a hike where there many of these Desfontainia spinosa, and remembered you wanted to see their natural setting. So I took second and third pictures of the spotting on the link. Check them out.

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 12 years ago

looks a little like" cuphea ignea"

craigwilliams 12 years ago

Your grand mother sounds very cool! Thanks for the story, it really brings this plant alive for me too!

Agustín Amenabar L
Agustín Amenabar L 12 years ago

That's the funny part, with this plant is that my grand mother taught me about binomial names, and how they are fantastic for referring to plants as they are cross-language.
Oddly enough, she in turn, learned about this plant in a garden in England, while having wild specimens but a mile away from her home.
I never knew it's local name, but will ask around if they are know for any other name than taike.
As you may see, this is a special plant for me.

craigwilliams 12 years ago

Great! Would be so cool to see it in its natural setting. Was there a common name you knew it by before learning the binomial name? I'll add it to to the title if so.

Agustín Amenabar L
Agustín Amenabar L 12 years ago

It is pretty spectacular! I love it's Latin name, never knew is as "taike", as a kid thought Desfonainia Spinosa was a funny name (first Latin name I ever learnt).
Will shoot them as soon as I find one.

craigwilliams 12 years ago

Great! Thanks Ashley. Funny, sometimes I spend ages chasing down the id on someone else's spotting & then omit to dig deep enough with my own. Very happy to have this one ID'ed! Shame I don't have a shot of the whole shrub, it was pretty spectacular!

AshleyBradford 12 years ago


Ah - found it running a search on "holly red tubular flowers" -

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Scotland, United Kingdom

Spotted on Aug 5, 2010
Submitted on Nov 5, 2011

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