Plant ID forum: White flowering tropical plant

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Name: Myriam
Ghent, Belgium (Zone 8a)
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bonitin
Jun 18, 2014 8:53 AM CST
I met this plant in Parque Lage, neighbouring the Botanical Garden of Rio de Janeiro.
It reminds me somehow of a ginger-like plant, its size is around 40cm tall though but a search in that direction didn't lead me anywhere..
The flowers never seem to open completely..
Maybe someone recognizes it?
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Name: Myriam
Ghent, Belgium (Zone 8a)
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bonitin
Jun 18, 2014 8:55 AM CST
Could it be a Dichorisandra sp?
https://www.google.be/search?q=Dichorisandra&client=firefox-...
Name: Janet Super Sleuth
Near Lincoln UK
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JRsbugs
Jun 18, 2014 2:40 PM CST
Interesting, I was looking in Zingiberaceae, but this is in Commelinaceae.

http://wildlifeofhawaii.com/flowers/467/dichorisandra-thyrsi...

Tripogandra has similar habit ..

https://sites.google.com/site/florasbs/commelinaceae/trapoer...

Aneilema is similar ..

http://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aneilema

http://www.virboga.de/Aneilema_beniniense.htm

Flowers are similar on Pollia ..

http://www.virboga.de/Pollia_siamensis.htm

Still haven't found one like it though!
Name: Dave Paul
Puna, HI (Zone 10b)
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Metrosideros
Jun 18, 2014 3:47 PM CST
It is Xiphidium caeruleum, Palmita.

http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xiphidium

http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/188186/

https://www.google.com/images?q=Xiphidium+caeruleum&rls=com....
Name: Janet Super Sleuth
Near Lincoln UK
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JRsbugs
Jun 18, 2014 5:34 PM CST
A family I've not heard of! It's native to the north-west of Brazil.

http://reflora.jbrj.gov.br/jabot/listaBrasil/ConsultaPublica...
Name: Myriam
Ghent, Belgium (Zone 8a)
Charter ATP Member Ferns Native Plants and Wildflowers Cat Lover Birds Bee Lover
Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Frogs and Toads Plant Identifier
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bonitin
Jun 19, 2014 1:30 AM CST
Thank You! Janet and Dave Paul!
Xiphidium caeruleum it is, Dave Paul! Hurray!
I would never have found it, never heard of that family either Janet, spend hours on that! Rolling my eyes.

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