Miscellaneous Woodlanders

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Boland
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I've seen Paris growing under Beech forest, so I expect wherever Trilliums do well, Paris would be equally happy.

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

Mark McD
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An obscure genus that I find intriguing is Chloranthus, in its own family Chloranthaceae, a small genus of 18 species, many from tropical to subtropical areas in Asia.  Flora of China lists 12 species, and on this years NARGS Surplus Seed List 2 species are available, C. henryi and C. multistachys, although I'm not familiar with them.

The only reason I'm actually aware of the genus, is that I have seen and photographed a Chloranthus sp. in one of Darrell Probst's garden beds full of treasures he collected in China (see image above).  Looking through the FOC key, maybe it comes closest to Chloranthus holostegius because of the unbranched stems, and clasping scale-like leaves and terminal whorl of elliptic guard leaves that form a cup holding a small white candle of bloom. Chloranthus holostegius grows up to 2800 m, one of the few species native to such heights, another clue that the hardy plant shown above might be this species.

Such an odd looking plant, but alluring in a strange way.

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
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Hoy
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Mark, now I have placed Chloranthus on my wish list! I never really knew how charming it is till I saw your picture! Thanks :D

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

cohan
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Chloranthus does look pretty cool... the name seems familiar.... a discussion elsewhere recently?

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

Boland
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That is certainly a charming plant!

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

Lori S.
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Interesting... with the flower spike and tripartite leaf, it looks almost like an Asian analogue to vanilla leaf, Achlys triphylla... though it looks like the leaves remain much smaller?  (They are not related, however.)
Achlys triphylla, a western North American woodlander:
 

http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=ACTR

On the right in this link is Chloranthus japonicus:
http://tolweb.org/Chloranthaceae/20669

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

cohan
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Skulski wrote:

Interesting... with the flower spike and tripartite leaf, it looks almost like an Asian analogue to vanilla leaf, Achlys triphylla... though it looks like the leaves remain much smaller?  (They are not related, however.)
Achlys triphylla, a western North American woodlander:
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http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=ACTR

On the right in this link is Chloranthus japonicus:
http://tolweb.org/Chloranthaceae/20669

Achlys is nice too! Are you growing this?

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

Lori S.
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Yes, another "zone 6" plant...  :rolleyes:

I should mention... it spreads around a bit too loosely to be as attractive as Mark's photo of the Chlorathus, but I kind of like it.

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

WimB
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Some "Woodlanders" which were flowering here in the last week

Heloniopsis orientalis 'Korean form'
Hepatica nobilis 'Rubra Plena'
Corydalis solida 'Elrond'
Corydalis solida 'Loth Lorien'

Two natives of your continent.

Scoliopus bigelovii
and Scoliopus hallii

and Primula maximowiczii in bud.

Wim Boens
Wingene Belgium zone 8a

Boland
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I have to try and track down Scoliopus...what a charming plant. 

It seems I need to try a vanilla root...I was dubious if it would survive here but if in Calgary, then no problems!

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

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