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 /
Thank goodness. You would not believe the research many have made to no
avail. As so frequently stated common~ sometimes uncommon~ names are of
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
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
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
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;-)
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