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Old July 3rd, 2007, 08:21 AM
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what is this dolphin like flowering plant?

I was given a slip of this tropical looking plant from the old owners of the house my parents just moved into. She said it was called a dolphin plant but i can't find any info on it under that name.......it's folage is long green stem with flat elongated spade shaped leaves. the flower itself is about 3" long and bright orange and looks just like a dolphin. Please help as this slip is still in water rooting and i will soon have to plant it.Thanks a bunch!
PS sorry i don't have any pics at this time as it isn't flowering yet.

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Old July 3rd, 2007, 12:57 PM
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Re: what is this dolphin like flowering plant?

Might be a Columnea billbergiana.
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Old July 3rd, 2007, 03:54 PM
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Re: what is this dolphin like flowering plant?

i tried the net to research columnea bilbergiana and there doesn't seem to be any match out there......is there any other name for this plant?
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Old July 3rd, 2007, 07:25 PM
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Re: what is this dolphin like flowering plant?

The spelling was wrong, it should have been spelled, columnea billbergia. Try Lipstick Plant (Aeschynanthus radicans)
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Old July 4th, 2007, 08:24 AM
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Re: what is this dolphin like flowering plant?

Must admit I've never seen a flowering plant that looked even remotely like this!

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Old July 4th, 2007, 09:07 AM
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Re: what is this dolphin like flowering plant?

The only thing I can think of that would fit that description somewhat, is Schlumbergera in bud before the blossoms open.
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Old July 4th, 2007, 09:09 AM
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Re: what is this dolphin like flowering plant?

If it is the cactus it should be taken out of the water and potted up, to root after potting.
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Old July 4th, 2007, 04:29 PM
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Re: what is this dolphin like flowering plant?

Does it look anything like this?


Dancing Dolphin Vine (Columnea 'Julia').

http://www.columbian.com/photo/photos/09_26_06.jpg
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Old July 4th, 2007, 06:07 PM
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Re: what is this dolphin like flowering plant?

i will try to get a pic of the flower.....it really does look like an orange dolphin....really i'm not crazy
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Old July 4th, 2007, 06:08 PM
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Re: what is this dolphin like flowering plant?

yes.....that is exactly it.....thanks.....
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Old July 4th, 2007, 06:09 PM
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Re: what is this dolphin like flowering plant?

check out reply #8 the pic is exactly the dolphin plant i have.
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Old July 4th, 2007, 06:10 PM
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Re: what is this dolphin like flowering plant?

humm. I think it looks more like a shark.
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Old July 4th, 2007, 06:20 PM
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Re: what is this dolphin like flowering plant?

how do you think it is best to deal with this now.....sorry....i am no green thumb....should this be rooting in water...and then what.....any particular pot for best results?????help... i would really like to see this plant do well and of course...bloom for me. Thanks!
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Old July 4th, 2007, 07:19 PM
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Re: what is this dolphin like flowering plant?

Here's a link that may help some....

http://www.gesneriads.ca/gencolum.htm

Carol,

I thought the flowers looked a little sharky too, lol.

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Old July 5th, 2007, 07:27 AM
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Re: what is this dolphin like flowering plant?

Hate to be technical but the name Columnea billbergia does not register on the International Plant Names Index as a valid name. I tried TROPICOS as well but that site is temporarily down. Also checked CATE and ePIC (both services of the Royal Botanic Garden Kew in London) and neither recognize that as a legitmate name.
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Old July 5th, 2007, 09:43 AM
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Re: what is this dolphin like flowering plant?

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Hate to be technical but the name Columnea billbergia does not register on the International Plant Names Index as a valid name
Checked in case Columnea billbergia might be a simple typo: in the IPNI search page, entering Columnea in the genus box and bil% (% = wildcard) in the species box soon confirms this is the case. The correct spelling and citation is Columnea billbergiana Beurl., Vet. Akad. Handl. Stockh. 1854 (1856) 135.
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Old July 5th, 2007, 10:16 AM
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Re: what is this dolphin like flowering plant?

Good find Michael! I often do the same on TROPICOS but that site was down this morning. I rarely use IPNI, only when I can't find it on the MOBOT site.

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Old July 5th, 2007, 10:26 AM
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Re: what is this dolphin like flowering plant?

The strange thing is that if one puts "Columnea billbergiana" into google, one gets 81 hits, but are also asked 'Did you mean: "Columnea billbergia"'. If one then goes there, one only gets four hits, one of them this thread, and no suggestion to go back to try Columnea billbergiana.

Oh, the weirdness that google can sometimes show!
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Old July 5th, 2007, 10:28 AM
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Re: what is this dolphin like flowering plant?

Fully agree! They send me in circles all the time!
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Re: what is this dolphin like flowering plant?

hello folks.... yep its me again....thanks for all your hard work earlier to find the name of my plant.. just an update....the plant is coming along very nicely...growing and a nice green color....now.....any hints as to when this guy may flower and is there any tricks of the trade in aiding the flowering process????
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