Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Another mystery plant

Someone who lives in a very nice house on my way to work has these planted in a big concrete planter out front:

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The plant grows in great profusion, with needlelike leaves, almost like a horsetail or casuarina. Scattered throughout are these neon-red trumpet-shaped flowers, which look like they're floating in among the greenery. It's a beautiful effect. Anyone know what these things might be?

ETA: Thanks to R's friend W, I now know that this is Russelia equisetiformis, the Firecracker Plant or Coral Fountain. W is apparently also the one who pegged the achiote plant earlier, so I have to give him equal credit with the local agricultural extension office's Ask the Plant Expert service.

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