Tall Cigar Plant, Candy corn plant; 
Mexico (Baja California Sur, Chiapas, Colima, Guanajuato, Guerrero, Jalisco,
Mexico State, Michoacan, Morelos, Oaxaca, Puebla, Veracruz), Taiwan
(introduced), Java (introduced), Sri Lanka (introduced), Fiji (introduced),
China (introduced) (Guangdong (introduced)), trop. Afr. (introduced), Trinidad
& Tobago (introduced)
as per Catalogue of Life;
 


Incidentally the first plant I encountered on trip to Kullu-Manali was a small shrub, I could not place. It was apparantly cultivated outside a hotel.

please check Cuphea micropetala.


Thanks a lot. That is the beauty of this group. With so many diverse experts, it so much lessens your work of sitting with books, hand lens and dissecting microscopes.


the reason with which I arrived to the ID is not botanical, it is rather based on learning by mistakes !! For want of time, I put only the botanical name in my message earlier.  

Let me append to it … I had seen this plant in Mahabaleshwarhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/dinesh_valke/2195761806/ … and had mistaken it for Woodfordia fruticosa !!!! … … one of my flickr contact (Tony Rodd) as well as Tabish corrected the ID.


And now the interesting coincidence. A few feet away from this plant was growing Cuphea hyssopifolia, which I could identify easily. Not in my wildest dreams could I think that it could belong to the same genus.


I agree with …
For a lot us like me, it’s learning by mistakes or photography.
Photography has proved to be a great learning experience.
One photographs a plant, tries to identify it with the help of books etc., processes photos of different aspects of it, posts it, gets its confirmation/ correction on the group along with lots of discussion.
One sees it again in the field & may be repeats the process.
It involves so much of energy & time along with passionate involvement.
It’s difficult for one to forget it easily.


This has been true for me also, although in a different way. During last 30 years or so I must have visited so many hill stations in connection with botanical trips. It was sufficient for me to identify for students the commonly growing plants. The madness started only after my son presented me a digital SLR camera last year (Earlier I had SLR film camera, with which you can’t be that liberal). Last year I took more than 5000 photographs in California (they went into my International edition book), more than 2000 this year, and more than 1000 in Manali trip. Now I want to identify, every plant I click. We are all similar in that sense.
And the way I identified Cuphea hyssopifolia and had no clue about another species of same genus, puts us all in the same bracket.
Identification is a learning process for all of us, especially when we may be confronted with any of more than quarter million species of flowering plants.
You can imagine my madness when I could find only a single small plant, which looked very interesting to me. I managed to take different photographs of this plant and finally managed to identify it as Viola betonicifolia.


That’s great!!!
With digital photography & internet, there is a similar madness everywhere in the world to photograph & document every aspect of our life including wildlife.
Indiantreepix is no more the same since you joined us.
I was worried when you were about to go to California. But see, you helped us with more zeal.
Can anybody say that it’s only three months since you joined Indiantreepix & changed its face?
It is as if you were & have been always there.
Your great footsteps have lead so many of other experts joining & helping us in this quest.

 

 

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HP, Oct 2014 :: Requesting ID validation :: ARKJAN-03 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (6)
Requesting to please validate ID of these flowers captured in our resort in Dharamshala, HP in October 2014.
I hope this is Cuphea micropetala (based on FoI pics).


I agree with you …, this is Cuphea micropetala


 
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Cuphea species: Need help to know the identity of this plant found growing in Pratapgad (Maharastra) garden


I think this is Cuphea lanceolata


Cuphea melvillea


There has been confusion between Cuphea micropetala (Introduced) & Cuphea melvilla Lindl. because of some sites like Top tropicals
But this is not Cuphea melvilla as per http://tropical.theferns.info/image.php?id=Cuphea+melvilla
It should be Cuphea micropetala (Introduced) as per images herein.


 

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Need help to know the identity of this plant found growing in Pratapgad garden 


There has been confusion between Cuphea micropetala (Introduced) & Cuphea melvilla Lindl. because of some sites like Top tropicals

But this is not Cuphea melvilla as per http://tropical.theferns.info/image.php?id=Cuphea+melvilla
It should be Cuphea micropetala (Introduced) as per images herein.


  
 

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