Sunday, 20 September 2009

A new find and possibly a new species!

Last night I watched an episode of 'Lost Land of the Volcano', a BBC series in which a team of scientists, cavers and wildlife filmakers venture deep in to the heart of the remote tropical island of New Guinea to explore a giant extinct volcano - Mount Bosavi. 

"What has this got to do with a picture of an ugly yellow flowering plant?" I hear you ask.  

Well, in the programme mentioned above the scientists are constantly discovering new species of animals including frogs, insects, giant rats, etc.  Earlier today the memory of these epic finds sent my imagination in to overdrive when stumbling upon a plant that I didn't buy, sow or plant myself.  So, although it is extremely unlikely to be anything new to science, it's new to me.  

Does anyone know what this is?  Is it even garden worthy?

It has popped up under one of my tree ferns (Dicksonia antarctica) and it is rather unlikely to stay there.  I apologise for the poor photography but hope it's enough to gather some identification.

Also, please remember entries for my competition to win a pair of professional Felco sceateurs need to be in by 1st October 2009.  You can enter by leaving a comment here.


  1. Ugly is in the eye of the beholder. Years ago, a friend of my sister proudly pointed out a favorite plant in her garden. She had seen it here in the U.S., dug it up and smuggled it into N. Ireland for her garden. To her, it was a lovely plant because it reminded her of a palm tree, with graceful fronds curving down from the top of the tree. More importantly, to her it was beautiful because she had planted and tended it.

    To me, it was ugly. I knew it would have thrived without her tender care. I told her, "In the States, a sumac is a weed. They grow in every sidewalk crack. We can't get rid of them!" I told her she should pluck it from the ground before it could multiply and take over her garden and the entire country. And if your unknown specimen isn't a wildflower native to Wales, I'd recommend you do the same. :^)


  2. Ryan: I think Jan's right! Could just find that you can't get rid of this one once you've nurtured it!!

  3. It's a perennial Helianthus of some sort, I think, just don't ask me which species!

  4. Hi Ryan
    I think it's a Helianthus cos it has cut leaved foliage, and timing of the flowering, - maybe something like multiflorus loddon queen (or a sport of it) Has it got hairy stems?- looks like it's been eaten by a vine weevil as well.

  5. I once found a new type of rosebay willow herb, which had variegated leaves. I worked at a nursery at the time, so duly dug it up, potted it and nurtured it for several weeks. Sadly my boss found it and dumped it in the skip because it 'was just a weed'. Infuriating.


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