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  Cyrto. merkussi/Fairchild
From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at msn.com> on 2006.07.07 at 09:42:21(14387)
Dear Friends,

I was wondering if anyone 'out there' had a jpeg that they colud forward to
me of that huge specimen of Cyrtosperma merkussi in the waterfall area at
the bottom of the stairs of the rare plant house at Fairchild Trop. Garden??
Thanks in advance IF you can!

Good Growing,


From: Ron Kaufmann kaufmann at sandiego.edu> on 2006.07.07 at 16:46:10(14389)
Hi Julius,

Is this the plant?


From: Chipboy5399 at cs.com on 2006.07.10 at 03:20:20(14400)
In a message dated 7/7/2006 4:09:22 PM Eastern Daylight Time, kaufmann@sandiego.edu writes:

I wish I knew the name of the ginger that was to the right of the water fountain there also, it is long, tall anmd has many many leaves on it. It grows out into the walk way almost. If anyone know I would appreciat it. lol thanks


From: "Steve Lucas Exotic Rainforest" steve at exoticrainforest.com> on 2006.07.10 at 05:49:16(14401)
If you're refering to the plant with the pink "berries" it is
Medinilla magnifica. And its not a ginger. You can find it
on my site at:


It's easy to grow from a cutting so if you can find a plant
near you just get a piece with the woody stem and plant it. It loves to
stay damp but not soaking wet. The plant will normally produce the berries
in its second year. Mine now has quite a few clumps. If not, send me
a note and I'll try to mail you a cutting. Sorry, I don't have a large
enough specimen to send everyone a cutting!

Steve Lucas

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