ROBERTICO’S COSTA RICAN CROTON WANDERINGS

Discussion in 'THE CROTON SOCIETY' started by donroberth, Jul 21, 2012.

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  1. donroberth

    donroberth Well-Known Member

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    I have made it a habit (since I joined the CROTON SOCIETY) to always carry my camera in my car and seldom miss an opportunity to take a foto of an interesting Croton whenever I happen upon one.

    The first 7 pix in this foto essay are what I call SPARTAN or let’s just say LOW MAINTENACE GARDENS…they have at least included a CROTON! DISCLAIMER: I am terrible with CROTON I.D.’s but have decided to include them and welcome comments or assistance with an I.D. that I’m struggling with :)confused: ???). Hope you enjoy both these non-typical as well as typical Costa Rican garden photographs.

    1. VEITTCHII…see what I mean about Spartan?
    2. MORTII...this cultivar is hanging on for dear life along the drainage ditch.
     

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  2. donroberth

    donroberth Well-Known Member

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    3. STEWARTII :)confused:???)…although this home owner is rightfully proud of her CROTON, it appears to be growing out of solid concrete.

    4. JOHANNIS adorning the front of this neighborhood beauty salon.
     

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  3. donroberth

    donroberth Well-Known Member

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    5. GOLD DUST :)confused:???)…I wish my Gold Dust had these nice big leaves.

    6. BARON JAMES ROTHCHILD :)confused:???)…perhaps Hawaiian Red or other?
     

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  4. donroberth

    donroberth Well-Known Member

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    7. KENTUCKY…to the left of the walking boy and gentleman and VEITTCHII behind gray colored stair railing.

    8. MRS ICETON or “MANZANO”…in Costa Rican Spanish.
     

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  5. donroberth

    donroberth Well-Known Member

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    9. ZANZIBAR…the shirtless home owner is coming out to unlock the front gate at my request in order that I may take close-up fotos of this CROTON’S leaves.

    10. VEITTCHII…nice stone work personally laid by this home owner and retired gardener (hatless man with back to camera chatting with a neighbor in the back-round).
     

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  6. donroberth

    donroberth Well-Known Member

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    11. DAYSPRING…notice the tires that surround the plants in this garden.

    12. STOPLIGHT…new leaves in the process of turning into their traditional red and black.
     

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  7. Bullwinkle

    Bullwinkle Esteemed Member

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    That is one Huge Zanzibar.I have a little one and it does not grow very fast.That one must be from the 19th century.thanks for the pics.
     
  8. donroberth

    donroberth Well-Known Member

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    13. PETRA on the left and GENERAL PAGET on the right…looks like these folks painted their home using the same color code of their PETRA planted in this front garden (LOL).

    14. MAJESTICUM :)confused:???) Beautiful.

    15. STEWARTI…”Cat on a hot tin roof”, sorry but I couldn’t resist! I found this home garden quite appealing and has Costa Rica written all over it. Notice that this STEWARTII is also pruned into the shape of a “Christmas tree”, no need to place ornaments on it when the Christmas Holiday Season comes around...just appreciate it.
     

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  9. Marie Nock

    Marie Nock Well-Known Member

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    Great pictures! These bring back many fond memories of being in Costa Rica. I think the Gold Dust is Aucubaefolium based on the leaf size and the ruddy underside of some of the leaves.
     
  10. koki

    koki Active Member

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    Wonderful snapshots. Thanks for sharing. #14 Majesticum could be Reliance.
     
  11. donroberth

    donroberth Well-Known Member

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    Koki...thanks for your comment re: what I'm calling Majesticum. You may be right...I'm attaching a couple of closeups which may help in correctly identifying this cultivar.
     

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  12. ScotTi

    ScotTi Esteemed Member

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    Great pictures of some really nice Crotons. The Zanzibar in post #5 blew my mind. Zanzibar is my top favorite Croton that I have, but will never be that large here. Thanks again for the picture.
     
  13. donroberth

    donroberth Well-Known Member

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    Zanzibar seems to be one of the membership's favorite CROTONS. Here are 3 more examples of Zanzibar in Costa Rica for your enjoyment.
     

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  14. ScotTi

    ScotTi Esteemed Member

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    Thanks for the pictures Robert!
     
  15. ScotTi

    ScotTi Esteemed Member

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    Looks like Reliance to me also.
     
  16. Rags

    Rags Active Member

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    Thanks for the pics...... (I notice the veterans haven’t been posting any lately)......

    On a different note you are nowhere close to being as terrible as I am with croton IDs..... lol
     

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