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cohan
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Lori wrote:

Note:  The discussion about Ribes has been moved to "Plants and Gardens - Woodies - Ribes" where it can continue with the focus it deserves!   :)
Lori

Thanks Lori! And with the new thread status, I've already added a bunch more photos...lol.. many to come when I remember, including fall colour...

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McDonough wrote:

Todd, natural rock garden perfection in that photo, gorgeous foliage :)

I agree as well Mark .

I've raised one or two Rhodiola sps in the past but never been able to get them beyond the first winter :'(

Here's a close up of Lignocarpa carnosula in scree ,seen during last weekends wet soggy NZ field trip ....

Cheers Dave.

Invercargill
Bottom of the South Island New Zealand
Zone 8 maritime climate
1100mm,(40 in),rainfall p.a.
Nil snow cover

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A truly amazing little "tree", as well as superb photography! 

What is its actual size?
Does it ever grow leaves?
It looks so fresh.  How old would you guess it is?

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Toole
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Thanks Rick

The plant in question isn't that big ,about the size of a persons palm.

Not sure how old it is ---the foliage breaks off delicately at it's connection with the large fleshy rootstock at the end of each season.....unfortunately i have no knowledge of how many years it takes for the plant to reach blooming size.

Here's a Pic i took a number of years ago of a mature plant ,showing the much divided 'leaves 'and flowers.

One of the specialized scree inhabitants that are easily overlooked because they mimic the colour of the mineral.

Cheers Dave.

Invercargill
Bottom of the South Island New Zealand
Zone 8 maritime climate
1100mm,(40 in),rainfall p.a.
Nil snow cover

RickR
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From the first photo of Lignocarpa carnosula, I thought it grew like a Pencil cactus, and I was only looking at stem structure.

But the second photo shows that this may not be the case!  Parts certainly look like leaves, but I'm not willing to commit to their identification as such.  Still, the growth pattern was not at all as I had envisioned from the first photo.

A strange plant, indeed.  Thanks, Dave!

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

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Lignocarpa carnosula; that really is a strange plant! I would gladly exchange all my Rhodiolas for one of those! Seems to be a Apiaceae and reminds me of rock samphire (Crithmum maritimum) which I try to establish at my summerhouse.

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

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Toole wrote:

Here's a close up of Lignocarpa carnosula in scree ,seen during last weekends wet soggy NZ field trip ....

Cheers Dave.

What a thrilling plant! and fantastic shot!
Dave's view is fascinating as well-- so many delightfully strange plants in NZ- if only it were warm enough here to grow such things-- if I ever get that Alpine House....

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

Mark McD
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I agree, Lignocarpa carnosula is a strange and fantastic plant, excellent photos too, thanks Dave.

For those left with a hankering for more tasty New Zealand alpine treats, check out this fine topic on sister SRGC Forum:
NZ field trips - Jan 2012
http://www.srgc.org.uk/forum/index.php?topic=8325.0

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
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Ohhh...I want one of those.  So bizarre but fantastic foliage!

Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Zone 5b
1800 mm precipitation per year

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Toole wrote:

Here's a close up of Lignocarpa carnosula in scree ,seen during last weekends wet soggy NZ field trip ....

Wow, beautiful plant and magnificent photography!  :o

Todd wrote:

Ohhh...I want one of those.  So bizarre but fantastic foliage!

I'd love to have this one, too! It looks hard to grow in my garden, though... :'(

From the beautiful Pacific Northwest, USA,
where summer is mild and dry but winter is dark and very wet... USDA Zone 7b or 8 (depends on the year)

 

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