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Two Different Flowers on One Tree?

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Lemon and Tapinanthus flowers growing together.

While gazing at my lemon tree and dreaming up lemony recipes  I thought I must be experiencing a mild hallucination as I could see two different flowers are growing off the same branch!

On closer inspection I was completely thrilled to discover that I had a Tapinanthus growing on the lemon tree (and slightly relieved that I wasn’t losing the plot).

Tapinanthus are partially parasitic plants from the mistletoe family. Birds usually deposit seed by scraping their beaks on the branches of the host plant. It then produces ‘suckers’ that penetrate the host and absorb water and nutrients.

Lemon Tree

Lemon Tree

Why am I happy?  This plant (in addition to being beautiful) is very desired by birds for its nectar and fruit and a host to butterflies.  I can’t tell you which butterflies – though its likely to be Saphires and or Borders – because I’m not 100% sure which Tapinanthus this is.  Can anyone help?

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7 thoughts on “Two Different Flowers on One Tree?

  1. It looks like a little pink man with his tongue sticking up 🙂

  2. So envious of your tapinanthus – lucky fish! I make do with one we found on a croton in my daughters garden, needless to say the part of the croton with the tapinanthus remains! Love seeing all your photos on the progress of your build, all the sweeter, I am sure, for having had to wait soo long for it.

    • Hi Tory. You won’t believe that I have just discovered a second Tapinanthus on my Tecoma capensis (Honeysuckle)! Soooo glad they are on indigenous plants and not and exotic like a Croton. I’m really rubbing it in as I’m sure your shade of green is deepening further 🙂

  3. Just had a nice conversation with the chap who supply’s all our plant material for our jobs.
    Seems like the new trend here is to get the certificates and courses to show you are a sound environmentally friendly educated company. Then the government gives you a bit if a kick back I think. Lets hope they stick with what they have learnt and don’t cut corners. I might look into taking the online course myself. ( the government does not pay me to do it though)

    • Awesome that the Canadian government is providing such incentives. Not everyone is going to be motivated to build in a sustainable way for ethical reasons so financial ones can be a good way to get to new practices to become standard. I’m sure that the cost of the course will be quickly recompensed via the rebates, attractive eco-aware clients and working with new eco materials and processes that are quite often cheaper than traditional ones.

  4. It looks rather like Tapinanthus Quequensis, but I could be mistaken.

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