Wildflowers forum: Camphor Daisy

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Name: Jay
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Horntoad
Nov 9, 2012 11:33 AM CST
I went on a photography trip to Pleasure Island on Wednesday and was amazed at the number of Camphor Daisy (Rayjacksonia phyllocephala) that were blooming.
Here is a sample of what I saw.
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This dirt road that I drove down was about a mile long and the flowers looked like this the entire distance.
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On my right was on embankment. This is what it looked like on the other side. Camphor Daisies as far as you can see. This area covers several hundred acres.
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Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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frostweed
Nov 9, 2012 12:45 PM CST

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Wow! Jay, that is really amazing, thank you for showing them to us. It is so nice to have you with us here,
This plant is a lovely annual and very much worth cultivating.
The Wildflower center has no pictures for it, you should send them some; Smiling
http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=RAPH2
Josephine.
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Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Nov 9, 2012 12:58 PM CST
I agree. Some amazing photos! Thumbs up
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Name: Arif Masud
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KAMasud
Nov 10, 2012 2:41 PM CST

Love the pics but can i ask a question? Why are they named Camphor, do they have any thing to do with Camphora the drug?
Regards,
Masud.
Name: Jay
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Horntoad
Nov 10, 2012 9:29 PM CST
KAMasud said:
Love the pics but can i ask a question? Why are they named Camphor, do they have any thing to do with Camphora the drug?
Regards,
Masud.


If you crush the leaves they are said to smell similar to Camphor.

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Name: Arif Masud
Alpha Centauri (Zone 9a)
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KAMasud
Nov 11, 2012 3:03 AM CST

Thank you Jay. Another question, how can it smell similar unless there is something in common?
If essential oil is extracted are its properties in some way similar?
Regards,
Masud.
Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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frostweed
Nov 21, 2012 8:03 AM CST

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I guess Jay is still looking for an answer to your question, I know I have been looking but could find no references, so maybe yes, maybe no, but a beautiful flower anyway. Smiling
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SongofJoy
Nov 21, 2012 8:31 AM CST
Thanks for reviving this thread, Josephine. Smiling

Apparently the flowers smell similar to camphor but it isn't the same compound.

http://lee.ifas.ufl.edu/Hort/GardenPubsAZ/Camphor_daisy_Rayj...

http://txmarspecies.tamug.edu/vegdetails.cfm?scinameID=Rayja...

Camphor: An aromatic crystalline compound, C10H16O, obtained naturally from the wood or leaves of the camphor tree or synthesized and used as an insect repellent, in the manufacture of film, plastics, lacquers, and explosives, and in medicine chiefly in external preparations to relieve mild pain and itching.
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Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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frostweed
Nov 21, 2012 10:30 AM CST

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Wow Tee!!! those are excellent links, now we all know, I hope KAMasud got all the information he or she? needed. Smiling
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Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Region: Gulf Coast Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the first seed swap I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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Horntoad
Nov 21, 2012 11:42 PM CST
Thanks Tee! There are several plants that are said to smell like camphor, and have the name camphor in either the common or botanical names.
Heterotheca subaxillaris - Camphorweed
Tanacetum camphoratum - Camphor tansy
Pluchea camphorata - Camphor weed
Artemisia camphorata - Camphor Southernwood


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Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Nov 22, 2012 5:49 AM CST
I tip my hat to you. And thanks for that list Jay. I'm going to check those out.
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller
Name: Arif Masud
Alpha Centauri (Zone 9a)
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KAMasud
Dec 14, 2012 8:51 PM CST

I tip my hat to you. Thank you Tee. I asked because camphor or Camphora is a drug and universal antidote to lets say plant poisons. It grows in this area.
http://hpathy.com/e-books/materia-medica-pura-samuel-hahnema...
Regards,
Arif.

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