I found it! (was:buddah's lantern)

VICTORY! I finally found the name of the plant I was looking for! The Latin is Mussaenda philippica. A picture is at this link. Finally, the mystery is solved, and I can rest easy again, except for the snippet of a tune I heard through the window of a passing car 5 DAYS AGO that I have yet to be able to identify, but one mystery at a time... http://plantsdatabase.com/showpicture/16230 /
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OK. HUM A FEW BARS! I probably know this song!
hermine never would have guessed Mussaenda!
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An excellent example of why common names are useless.... 'round here we call that Summer Poinsettia.. So glad you found it.
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Yes, common names are worthless indeed.
Around here, the "Summer Poinsettia" is Euphorbia cyathophora (often misidentified as Euphorbia heterophylla).

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Thank goodness. You would not believe the research many have made to no avail. As so frequently stated common~ sometimes uncommon~ names are of little value. I feel also that even some very common names differ between the US and UK. Primrose and Rose of Sharon seem good examples. In UK they are Primula and Hypericum sps. whereas the US seems to be Oenothera and ***[have forgotten] Best wishes.

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Heck, common names can even differ from region to region within the US. That is why there is botanical Latin - so that plant names are universal regardless of one's native language or location. Rose of Sharon is Hypericum in the UK?? That is new on on me! Hypericum in the US is commonly known as St John's Wort and Rose of Sharon is Hibiscus. And primrose is still used to commonly refer to primulas here also - 'evening primrose' is the designator for Oenothera species.
pam - gardengal
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Many thanks Pam. The 'Primrose' I have noted might very well have been an abbreviation for the Evening Primrose. We only use Primrose for our delightful Primula vulgaris which is a common hedgerow flower in the spring. Hypericums we can also call St. John's Wort but I've generally heard this as a name for the wild forms. With no doubt at all our 'Rose of Sharon' is Hypericum calycinum. Sometimes [rarely] known as Aaron's beard. Two great nations separated only by their use of English!! Best Wishes Brian.

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LOL and most common one here is Bluebell, which is something different in Scotland to England;-)
And when you start looking at the rest of Europe, and cultivar names translated into other languages! LOL.. THe mind boggles;-)
Jim
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OK... but can you explain, WHY it was called buddha's lantern!-)
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On Sun, 9 Nov 2003 13:17:57 +0000, snipped-for-privacy@macunlimited.net (Jim W) wrote:

because that is what the Busch Gardens people said it was. Who am I to argue with them? : )
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LOL... Well, looks like its an uncommon common name.. Just looked up Mussaenda philippica buddha on google... 2 hits of 'Buddha's Lamp'... Close enough I spose;-)
Cheers
Jim
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