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Lasianthus

Lasianthus stercorarius

Description:

shiny, torqoise berries small white, hairy, trumpet shaped flower in second and third photos, leaves in fourth photo.

Habitat:

subtropical bamboo valley

Notes:

I spotted this plant in Sidonggou valley, near Chisui. It was one of the only plants in bloom at the time.

3 Species ID Suggestions

achmmad
achmmad 11 years ago
Gambier or Cat's Claw
Uncaria sp. Uncaria
kdewey42
kdewey42 10 years ago
Porcelain Berry Vine
achmmad
achmmad 10 years ago
Lasianthus
Lasianthus stercorarius


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31 Comments (1–25)

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 10 years ago

Thanks Hawkkit and that's great suri. China sure is an amazing and beautiful place. Not to mention huge, there is still so much I would like to see there.

suri.yang.3
suri.yang.3 10 years ago

hello, I realized my homeland is so beautiful and amazing after seeing your pictures.

Hawkkit
Hawkkit 10 years ago

It's so blue! Amazing!

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 10 years ago

Thanks a lot Ursula!

Ursula
Ursula 10 years ago

Love this plant! It looks like a work of art :)

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 10 years ago

Thanks a lot Noah Citizen! I do like to find the odd and unusual. Btw, love your user name! Where in Canada are you?

Noah Citizen
Noah Citizen 10 years ago

Dan, you always bring curiosities and potential SOTD to the community! Once again, wonderful spotting: photos, colors, (not anymore) mysterious plant... Well done.

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 10 years ago

Your welcome smutnee

smutnee80
smutnee80 10 years ago

Thank you, those berries are a beautiful shade of blue

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 10 years ago

Thanks Mayra!

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 10 years ago

Beautiul colour!!

achmmad
achmmad 10 years ago

You're welcome, Dan! No problem, I'm also on progress to create small project on Indonesian native plants and invasive monitoring. This plants listed on it ... very unique member of Rubiaceae!

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 10 years ago

Thanks achmmad for the ID. It's great to solve this mystery thanks for all your searching.

achmmad
achmmad 10 years ago

Yeah, we have found it! Lasianthus stercorarius. I use Indonesian book: "Flora Pegunungan Jawa" this is Indonesian's edition of Mountain Flora of Java. Its interesting book. I don't know but you may be can found the original version one at Leiden, Netherlands. Here the description from the book: "height reach 4 m. Leaf length about 5-17 cm, width 2-4 cm (can be see at the pics from the narrow leaf form)" ... and one character not present in the photos is brown trichomes on upper branch group. Congratulation! very beautiful spotting Mr. Dan!

achmmad
achmmad 10 years ago

Finally, we have found genus name! Lasianthus sp. (still no exact species), they can be L. laevigatus or L. purpureus or L. stercorarius. The three sp mentioned has been documented at the same location (Moun Halimun Salak National Park). Need to check for the exact sp name. I think I also have the photos of the species :) Here is the link in Bahasa, http://km.ristek.go.id/assets/files/LIPI... and this is the similar photos to the spotting: http://131.230.176.4/imgs/pso/r/Rubiacea...

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 10 years ago

Thanks Achmmad, any idea on the genus or species?

achmmad
achmmad 10 years ago

I think I remember that this one named "kopi-kopian" (kopi (ID): coffee) kopi-kopian means like or similar to coffee but different. Kopi-kopian is just like yellow become to yellowish, something like that. That name come from Sundanese people in West Java, around Mount Halimun National Park.

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 10 years ago

That's okay Achmmad. @kdewey, thanks for the suggestion but this was not a vine and more of a small shrub.

achmmad
achmmad 11 years ago

It is the best reference I have here, I'm sorry. This species also has not been well documented in my area. I'd like to check it again.

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 11 years ago

Thanks a lot everyone for the nice comments. @ Jonathan,as for the ID, yes I do think it is Rubiaceae. @wendy, it could be a species of Uncaria but I didn't see anything very similar in the link and have not found a match online. Any other references we could check?

ArushiMisra
ArushiMisra 11 years ago

awesome color... :) nice shot.

achmmad
achmmad 11 years ago

I found plants similar with your picture and I remember it belong to Rubiaceae and it belong to Uncaria genus see here: http://biodiversity.sci.kagoshima-u.ac.j... ... (better use this as reference).

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 11 years ago

gorgeous colors!!

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 11 years ago

That is beautiful turquoise.

Jonathan Sequeira
Jonathan Sequeira 11 years ago

Dan I see caracteristics of a Rubiaceae...

Dan Doucette
Spotted by
Dan Doucette

贵州省, Paracel Islands

Spotted on Dec 9, 2011
Submitted on Jan 31, 2012

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