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Crinodendron patagua Mol.

Modern name

Crinodendron patagua Molina


Tricuspidaria dependens Ruiz & Pavon; C. dependens (Ruiz & Pavon) Schneid.

An evergreen shrub or small tree, up to 30 ft high, the young shoots reddish and faintly downy. Leaves oval or ovate, 1 to 3 in. long, 12 to 112 in. wide; shallowly and rather coarsely toothed, dark green and glabrous above, much paler beneath; stalk reddish, 18 to 14 in. long, slightly hairy. Flowers white, bell-shaped, 34 in. long, produced singly on a pendulous stalk 1 to 2 in. long, from the leaf-axils. Corolla of five rather fleshy petals, which are three-toothed at the ends, downy at the margins, oblong. Bot. Mag., t. 8115.

Native of Chile; introduced by H. J. Elwes in 1901. Its name was for a long time wrongly attached to its fellow species in gardens. It appears to thrive better than C. hookerianum as a wall shrub at Kew, but is considered to be more tender in the open in Ireland. It is certainly a much more rapid grower. On a wall at Kew it has stood quite uninjured for several winters, and blossoms freely in late summer. It is very distinct from C. hookerianum in its white, more bell-shaped flowers. Easily increased by cuttings.



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