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  • Question
    Here are the photos of what I think might be Dutchmans Pipe. Sorry they didn't upload with my original post.
    Answer
    Dear mjfoley, this looks like Isotrema tomentosum (woolly Dutchman’s pipe), often referred to as Aristolochia tomentosa in older literature. It is a liana (i.e., climbing/trailing woody plant) that is often planted for ornament. Best wishes. (Tuesday, 27 June 2017)
  • Question
    I am in dire trouble identifying this ground cover / maybe small shrub. It has all the characteristics of a juniper variety, common green carpet in particular, what exactly is it? The star flowers are hard to match with my resourses. It smells like cypress on the tips of needle growth only. Found growing out of a coastal rock in northern territory Australia in full sun, there are a lot of these around the edges of the beach, half are yellowing or already shed completly, but this one is in bloo
    Answer
    Dear sylviasharee, I'm sorry that I cannot help with you plant. Australia is a long way from my region of expertise (northeastern United States). Go Botany is a website dedicated to wild plants of this region. If you need help finding someone closer to your area who could potentially help you, feel free to email me at ahaines[at]newenglandwild.org and I can send some contact information your way. Best wishes. (Tuesday, 27 June 2017)
  • Question
    This crawler with waxy thick three set spear leaves and assymetrical flowers found on an island on the equator above australia. Vey hot beach, no rainfall for three weeks we are in dry season, but this is juicy and flourishing. So many buds waiting to flower, at first i thought it was a morning glory, but the leaves spear out, and this flower is weird. What is it? The engine searches and plant identifier apps have limited data or maybe I am not explaining the characteristics properly.
    Answer
    Dear sylviasharee, I'm sorry that I cannot help with you plant. Australia is a long way from my region of expertise (northeastern United States). Go Botany is a website dedicated to wild plants of this region. If you need help finding someone closer to your area who could potentially help you, feel free to email me at ahaines[at]newenglandwild.org and I can send some contact information your way. Best wishes. (Tuesday, 27 June 2017)

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