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Black Prince, page 60

Discussion in 'THE CROTON SOCIETY' started by junglegal, Feb 9, 2011.

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  1. junglegal

    junglegal Esteemed Member

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    On page 60, Dr. Brown discusses a croton popular in Taiwan called Black Prince.
    He goes on to say he has named a popular sport of this plant 'Amboina' but he does not include pictures of either. Does anyone have a photo of either that they can share?

    I found it interesting that the popular Mrs. Iceton is a sport of Black Prince too.
     
  2. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    I was under the impression that Ovalifolium was the Black Prince since the underleaves turn dark with age?
     
  3. fawnridge

    fawnridge Well-Known Member

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    I'm not 100% sure, but I recall this one being called "The Black Prince" by Mark Peters, who gave it to me. Of course, being on the north side of the garden, it looks like crap right now, but it's got an interrupted leaf and deep black/purple color. The main part of the leaf has that characteristic round Thai shape as well as several oval or oblong sports.
     

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  4. junglegal

    junglegal Esteemed Member

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    That's pretty funky looking Ricky. If that is the plant in question, it's hard to believe Mrs. Iceton came from that!
     
  5. fawnridge

    fawnridge Well-Known Member

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    After reading the description in The Book, mine is certainly NOT the plant Dr. Brown is describing. Must just be some other Thai hybrid.
     
  6. Jeff Searle

    Jeff Searle Well-Known Member

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    Anyone know someone living in Taiwan?:)
     
  7. Crotonologist

    Crotonologist Active Member

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    Earlier I googled Taiwan codiaeum croton etc and tried to find something like the book described, but no luck...
     
  8. junglegal

    junglegal Esteemed Member

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    Strange he would devote two paragraphs to this plant, mention he named a sport of it & how popular it is then not include photos.

    Jeff,
    We need new members in Taiwan!
     
  9. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Irene Kingsley is one of this forum's members from Singapore, perhaps she may have the answer? :rolleyes:
     
  10. Crotonologist

    Crotonologist Active Member

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    I had the exact same thought when I first read that...
    And then many of the crotons that are pictured are not mentioned anywhere in the text... :confused:
    Don't get me wrong, I still love the book!
     
  11. Crazy for Crotons

    Crazy for Crotons Well-Known Member

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    Then there's Magnolaefolium. It's an Ovalifolium that turns more rose/red as the leaf matures.
     
  12. kwmarko

    kwmarko Active Member

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    Today I was reading about the sports of "Amboina" .... and did a search on the forum, and this was the only thread discussing the croton, so thought I would see if anyone else had pictures, or info regarding this croton Dr. Brown mentions in his book.
     

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