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Grevillea ‘Poorinda Emblem’ flowers – 20121013 and 201211014
Image by MomentsForZen
Typically understated flowers seen on a straggly shrub planted in the front yard of a house in Barton. But in detail, these are fascinating and complex blooms, with a wonderful combination of colours.
The plant is a shrub approximately 2-3 m high, and about the same width. It is in flower at the moment. The flower "toothbrushes" are approximately 5 to 10 cm in length. The colours in the photographs are quite accurate – the flowers are pink/purple rather than red, with green tips when they unfold. The leaves are more of less serrated and green, approximately 10 to 20 cm in length.
i was having all sorts of trouble identifying this plant, so I got in touch with the very helpful staff at the Australian National Botanic Gardens.
They in turn put me in touch with Bob Makinson, a Conservation Botanist with the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust in Sydney.
He is an expert in Grevilleas! And the following is an edited version of his comments …
"Firstly, it is not one of the known wild species – it shows clear traits of being a hybrid. It is not possible to provide an exact identification, because:
– there are at least three registered hybrids which resemble this to some degree,
– there may be others not formally registered with the Australian Cultivar Registration Authority or by other means, and finally
– some degree of ‘back-crossing’ can occur in some fertile hybrids, involving further modification of the already mixed traits.
My first thought on viewing the photo was that the ancestry probably involves G. tetragonoloba from WA (several hybrids based on that species have leaves similar to yours) or G. longifolia (from NSW, ditto), and either G. barklyana, or G. acanthifolia or G. macleayana (all from south-eastern Australia – the pale lilac-pink flower colour, plus the inflorescence form).
There is no single comprehensive source of information for Grevillea cultivars and hybrids. I have scanned what I have to hand in books and files, and have looked through the Australian Cultivar registration Authority website (www.anbg.gov.au/acra/acra-list-2009.html#G).
I think it is likely that your plant is Grevillea ‘Poorinda Emblem’.
A description of this is at (www.anbg.gov.au/acra/descriptions/acc077.html). There is also a photo, but to access that you’ll need to go to the ACRA main list (www.anbg.gov.au/acra/acra-list-2009.html#G) and scroll down, then elect the camera icon.
G. ‘Poorinda Emblem’ is said to be a hybrid between Grevillea caleyi and Grevillea ‘Poorinda Peter’. Grevillea ‘Poorinda Peter’ in turn is said to be a hybrid between G. acanthifolia and G. longifolia. This parentage is plausible for the plant in your image.
However, there are a couple of other possibilities:
Grevillea ‘Poorinda Empress’ (www.anbg.gov.au/acra/descriptions/acc085.html) is similar, but not quite a match (this is supposedly G. caleyi x "G. hookerana", but even if this notional parentage is correct the latter parent was probably G. tetragonoloba, which was commonly misnamed "hookerana’ in those days, c. 1970s).
Grevillea ‘Poorinda Miriam’
Grevillea ‘Poorinda Miriam’ is a seedling from <G. ‘Poorinda Blondie’.
The latter in turn "is said to be a seedling resulting from Grevillea hookerana", but as noted above the latter probably means G. tetragonoloba. Blondie is usually self-sterile, so a backcross seems unlikely. It is not impossible that ‘Blondie’ pollen fertilised another species or hybrid which became the maternal parent – what that might have been is anyone’s guess, but to get a result like your photo G. acanthifolia or G. barklyana would be likely candidates.
The three above seem like the most likely options.
The photos on the ACRA website are not great, but at least they are authenticated to the original registration specimens. Just doing Google searches for images with these names is interesting but risky – unauthenticated images may be misidentified.
A general Google image search for Grevillea ‘Poorinda Emblem’ does however bring up some images that are very similar indeed to your plant.
There is no comprehensive source for grevillea cultivars and hybrids – Wrigley and Fagg (1991) "Banksias, waratahs & grevilleas, and all other plants in the Australian Proteaceae family" remains best for these, but is pretty dated and needs to be supplemented by careful net-searches for authenticated images.
For wild species of Proteaceae the situation is much better:
Harden et al (eds) Proteaceae of New South Wales (UNSW Press, 2000) is out of print but there are second hand copies floating around – BookLore in Lyneham often has it. This is mildly technical (it has identification keys, but also line illustrations, some colour, and fairly straightforward descriptions. It is comprehensive for whole of NSW up to date of publication (and there haven’t been too many new ones since).
For Sydney region, and parts of the upper South Coast and Southern Tablelands, Fairley & Moore, Native Plants of the Sydney Region has minimal text but excellent photos of most species. This however is not comprehensive outside the Sydney Basin."
My eternal thanks to Bob (and the staff at the Australian National Botanic Gardens and at the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust).
Barton, ACT, Australia.
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Diptic – Montage compiled from the individual images. "High Res" output generated.
PaintShop Pro X5 – Digital camera speckle noise attenuated (40% fine and large scale, 60% blend). Smart Photo Fix applied with manual settings.
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Mexico City, Metropolitan Cathedral
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Mexico City, Metropolitan Cathedral
The Metropolitan Cathedral of the Assumption of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven (Spanish: Catedral Metropolitana de la Asunción de la Santísima Virgen María a los cielos) is the largest cathedral in the Americas, and seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Mexico. It is situated atop the former Aztec sacred precinct near the Templo Mayor on the northern side of the Plaza de la Constitución in downtown Mexico City. The cathedral was built in sections from 1573 to 1813 around the original church that was constructed soon after the Spanish conquest of Tenochtitlan, eventually replacing it entirely. Spanish architect Claudio de Arciniega planned the construction, drawing inspiration from Gothic cathedrals in Spain.
After the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire, the conquistadors decided to build their church on the site of the Templo Mayor of the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan to consolidate Spanish power over the newly conquered domain. Hernán Cortés and the other conquistadors used the stones from the destroyed temple of the Aztec god of war Huitzilopochtli, principal deity of the Aztecs, to build the church. Cortés ordered the original church’s construction after he returned from exploring what is now Honduras. Architect Martín de Sepúlveda was the first director of this project from 1524 to 1532. Juan de Zumárraga, the first Bishop of the first See of the New World, established in the Viceroyalty of New Spain, promoted this church’s completion.
In 1544, ecclesiastical authorities in Valladolid ordered the creation of a new and more sumptuous cathedral. In 1552, an agreement was reached whereby the cost of the new cathedral would be shared by the Spanish crown, encomenderos and the Indians under the direct authority of the archbishop of New Spain. The cathedral was begun by being built around the existing church in 1573. When enough of the cathedral was built to house basic functions, the original church was demolished to enable construction to continue.
The cathedral has four façades which contain portals flanked with columns and statues. The two bell towers contain a total of 25 bells. The tabernacle, adjacent to the cathedral, contains the baptistery and serves to register the parishioners. There are two large, ornate altars, a sacristy, and a choir in the cathedral. Fourteen of the cathedral’s sixteen chapels are open to the public. Each chapel is dedicated to a different saint or saints, and each was sponsored by a religious guild. The chapels contain ornate altars, altarpieces, retablos, paintings, furniture and sculptures. The cathedral is home to two of the largest 18th-century organs in the Americas. There is a crypt underneath the cathedral that holds the remains of many former archbishops.
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