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DrLeslieEe

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Few days ago I was watering my plants in the cool tank and almost fell off my step stool when I saw this plant with 3 buds. I gasped because I have probably murdered as many of these as the number of eggs enough to fill two crates of a dozen!

If anyone can guess what it is before the big reveal?!? Tip: the hardest species in its group to grow and keep alive more than a year.

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I was going to guess coccinea f. flava, because I thought they were even more difficult than the type, but the buds look pretty orange. Is this a 4N form from Japanese breeding lines? It looks nice and chunky. I’ve been slowly killing one for the past year.
 

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I was going to guess coccinea f. flava, because I thought they were even more difficult than the type, but the buds look pretty orange. Is this a 4N form from Japanese breeding lines? It looks nice and chunky. I’ve been slowly killing one for the past year.
Hehe I will elaborate ID and provenance once the flowers are fully open.
 
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Few days ago I was watering my plants in the cool tank and almost fell off my step stool when I saw this plant with 3 buds. I gasped because I have probably murdered as many of these as the number of eggs enough to fill two crates of a dozen!

If anyone can guess what it is before the big reveal?!? Tip: the hardest species in its group to grow and keep alive more than a year.

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Like others, my guess is coccinea. I always look forward to your cool tank posts for clues on this one. I have a seedling that’s in its 3rd year of growing strong. No idea what I’m doing and following your success here. May the fat promising bud gods shine upon your miracle.
 
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Few days ago I was watering my plants in the cool tank and almost fell off my step stool when I saw this plant with 3 buds. I gasped because I have probably murdered as many of these as the number of eggs enough to fill two crates of a dozen!

If anyone can guess what it is before the big reveal?!? Tip: the hardest species in its group to grow and keep alive more than a year.

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Leslie, what is the glaucous-leafed fan yo the right of the hopeful mystery please?
 

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