Is this acalypha wilkesiana?

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Is this acalypha wilkesiana?

Postby heli » Sat Feb 01, 2014 9:10 pm

I have these two plants in my garden that I think are the same plants, one is younger and the other is grown.

Someone says it is called acalypha wilkesiana. But I googled and the pictures do not seem to me to be the same. Can anyone confirm these are acalypha wilkesiana or some other name?
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Re: Is this acalypha wilkesiana?

Postby bubba louie » Sat Feb 01, 2014 11:55 pm

I was thinking Nandina for the bottom one but I'm not sure.

There are so many cultivars of Acalypha that I wouldn't know where to start.
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Re: Is this acalypha wilkesiana?

Postby Pam » Sun Feb 02, 2014 5:30 am

I'm fairly confident that you have two different plants there. That bottom plant appears to have smooth edges, while those of acalypha are serrated.

I initially thought nandina too, but without a better look, it's hard to tell. It's vaguely possible it could be a seedling of that darker green plant behind it. The new growth on that plant is in groups of 3 leaves, like your plant in front. What that actually IS though, I don't know, sorry.
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Re: Is this acalypha wilkesiana?

Postby tam » Sun Feb 02, 2014 8:44 am

The second one is Nandina.
I would say acalypha for the first but as BL said there are many cultivars.
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Re: Is this acalypha wilkesiana?

Postby heli » Sun Feb 02, 2014 12:45 pm

Here is a closer look at the leaves.
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Re: Is this acalypha wilkesiana?

Postby tam » Sun Feb 02, 2014 8:28 pm

Yes I could see they were not the same.
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Re: Is this acalypha wilkesiana?

Postby Pam » Tue Feb 04, 2014 5:16 am

Assuming that second plant has individual stems, rather than coming off a single shrub (?) then yes, as already suggested, it's Nandina. First one is definitely an acalypha.

The leaves you can see at the top left, Syngonium - don't let it go up the tree, and keep a close eye on it that it doesn't spread in the garden (it's likely to do so) because it can be quite rampant and is a pain to get rid of.
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Re: Is this acalypha wilkesiana?

Postby heli » Tue Feb 04, 2014 11:04 am

Pam wrote:Assuming that second plant has individual stems, rather than coming off a single shrub (?) then yes, as already suggested, it's Nandina. First one is definitely an acalypha.

The leaves you can see at the top left, Syngonium - don't let it go up the tree, and keep a close eye on it that it doesn't spread in the garden (it's likely to do so) because it can be quite rampant and is a pain to get rid of.

Thanks, Pam. Talking about Syngonium, I saw it at Bunnings Warehouse. I wonder why people buy that?
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