I wonder if the plant is not Physalis franchetii var. Gigantea
This 1-2 foot perennial produces extremely decorative seed cases that
look like glowing orange paper lanterns.
this plant was commonly grown in Brooklyn, and i very much enjoyed
harvesting it because the orange paper lanterns were like
"everlasting" and did not fade or perish like cut flowers...
I know the flower of which you speak. It is not the one the one that I
was asking about, although it is a pretty flower. Thanks for the input,
though. I am going back to Busch Gardens tomorrow, (thanks to the residents
buy one day, get the rest of the year free pass), and will find out the name
of the plant then.
On Sun, 02 Nov 2003 01:30:44 GMT, "PATRICIA RIDDER"
Well the only other thing i can think of is a strange citrus with a
very baroque fruit, and i do not think this is it! i will be very
interested to know what this plant REALLY is, i hope you find out and
post it to us soon.
It is hard to keep up with the nicknames of plants, easier to remember
Except that its not a flower at all. It is the inflated papery calyx of a
It is not a seed case either. The fruit is a berry at the base of the calyx.
Please do get the actual botanical name of the plant and write it down this
As you have seen, common names are rather useless.
I posted this to the other subject line, same thread:
There is a tree native to South America that is commonly called a 'lantern'
tree, Crinodendron hookerianum. Have never heard it refered to as "Buddha's
Lantern', but who knows??
Nope never heard it called buddha's lantern, never heard of that period
and found nowt on the web anywhere.
Get the botanical name.. It may just be the garden workers that call it
that. The demon of common nomenclature! LOL;-)
Jim (Still curious)
gardening in North London, England, UK
email@example.com (Jim W) wrote in
yeah the name's kind of iffy.
Since when did Buddha or any other ascetics carry around lanterns?
Maybe the really name is Bubba's Lantern, named after some local's habit
of carrying around a flashlight.
Hi, all, and sorry about not replying back sooner. The Busch
Gardens trip was a bust, as I could not find a plant-oriented person
to save my life. BUT, I will take the idea that one of the posters
had, and call tomorrow, to get the name. It is not the tree that was
mentioned in the link provided earlier, by the way. This has become a
quest, similar in nature and magnitude to the quest, and subsequent
trials endured by the famed explorer Clark Griswold. Rest assured, I
will stand tall, and when the victory knell has sounded, and I,
victorious, stand with the name of this plant, all shall share in the
glory that is the botanical name!
This may have been covered already but it wasn't Ficus religiosa known
as the Bhodi tree was it? Buddha is reputed to have taught under such a
Or did it have leaves like this?
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