COSTA RICAN CROTON WANDERINGS-THE MANY FACES OF BRAVO

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  1. donroberth

    donroberth Well-Known Member

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    WIKI : Hybridized by Al and Connie Cutler.
    REF: Brown, B. Frank 1995 Crotons of the World p.90.

    Semi-Oak leaf – deep pink to rose, very compact.
    REF: Alberts & Merkel Bros orchids Tropical Foliage plant catalog, 1966, p. 120.
    Hybridized by Al and Connie Cutler.

    REF: Brown, B. Frank 1995 Crotons of the World p.90.

    Note: Tortoise Shell said to be a sport from BRAVO…WIKI.

    First 4 fotos: Close-ups for Ana :D.

    Foto #1 BRAVO...this leathery leaved cultivar with its awesome and vivid colors is another favorite in my garden.
     

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  2. donroberth

    donroberth Well-Known Member

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    Foto 5: Unknown sport from a BRAVO…upper left corner of the pic. Fotos 6 and 7 are medium close-ups depicting its basic semi-oak leaf shape displaying its exotic and multiple hues.
     

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  3. donroberth

    donroberth Well-Known Member

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    Fotos 8-9 and 10: pix taken on field trips outside of San Jose.
     

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  4. donroberth

    donroberth Well-Known Member

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    Fotos 11-12 and 13 photographed in the Escazu area.
     

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  5. donroberth

    donroberth Well-Known Member

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    Fotos 14-15 and 16 are from the townships of Pavas and Guachipelin.
     

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  6. donroberth

    donroberth Well-Known Member

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    Fotos 17 thru 20: I’ve tried to I.D. this black-purple cultivar but no luck thus-far. The only comment I have received is that it may be a sport from BRAVO but no other info available or if this variety has a name :confused:. Foto #19 is an actual sport growing out of a BRAVO in my garden. Any comments re: “BLACK/PURPLE BRAVO” would be gratefully received.

    NOTE: Sorry but I have been unable to find a WHITE BRAVO…yet :eek:. I'm working on it!
     

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  7. Jeff Searle

    Jeff Searle Well-Known Member

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    Hi Robert,
    Bravo is considered one of the best landscape crotons in the trade. It's very durable, takes a great deal of sun and still looks good and makes a nice full plant and rarely is leggy. It's always been my dad's favorite croton for these reasons I just stated. Thanks for sharing!
     
  8. Native son

    Native son Well-Known Member

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    Call me mister redundant, your work with the camera is excellent. Keep up the good work, TKS.
     

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  9. Jerry Shilling

    Jerry Shilling Well-Known Member

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    Hey Robert,

    Well Done! I always enjoy your presentations, particularly seeing the larger specimen's in the Costa Rican landscape. Crotons that size and that nice, are seldom seen in the Keys.

    That sport looks awesome!

    In regard to Tortoise Shell, on last year's Biennial, some of us saw one sporting on a Bravo in Thailand.
     
  10. annafl

    annafl Esteemed Member

    Thanks again, Robertico! Beautiful photos of Costa Rican grown Bravos. Great color and huge specimens!

    Bravo! Bravo! Bravo! :eek:
     
  11. Bullwinkle

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    Very nice pics,I will be looking for a nice Bravo this weekend.

     
  12. Moose

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    Agreed Jeff - and it can look good in medium to heavy sun exposure also. Would love to see more of these substituted for the overly used Mammie.

    Roberto - great thread! Keep them coming. :D
     
  13. palmisland

    palmisland Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for sharing your photos Roberto. There are lots of Bravos all around the Boca Point neighborhood, in Boca Raton. I even saw an all green Tortoise Shell sport. Apparently a landscaper got hold of a bunch 10-15 years ago & they are still going strong throughout the area. Yes, a nice change from Mammies.
     
  14. Plant Nut

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    Robert, that is a beautiful sport; thanks for all your sharing and posting!
     
  15. fawnridge

    fawnridge Well-Known Member

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    Beautiful plants, Roberto. We'll be back to Costa Rica in 2015 and hope to see what you've shown us here. As to the Bravo / Tortoise Shell connection, yes Tortoise Shell is a sport from Bravo. Here is a Tortoise Shell that partially reverted back to Bravo when a storm snapped it last year. You can see the limb connecting the two. I have several Tortoise Shell in the other places in the garden that were taken from this original plant, which was a cutting I took from a huge one in East Boca that's now gone.

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    My large Bravo that was heavily air-layered a couple of years ago.

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    And a section of what could be called White Bravo, part of the plant above.

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  16. donroberth

    donroberth Well-Known Member

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    Thanks to everyone who took the time to comment on the BRAVO thread that I submitted last month. This feed-back is certainly well appreciated.

    Ana, Jerry Shilling, Moose, Bullwinkle, Palm Island, Plantnut and Fawnridge…thx again. :)

    Jeff Searle…thx for your comments re: Bravo, I always learn from your positive contributions to the FORUM. Like your dad…Bravo is one of my favorites also.
     

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