11 responses to “Helwingia japonica”

  1. Mustela Furo

    Wow! When I first saw that, I thought there was a teeny crab on the leaf! Then I thought the flower had fallen off something. I was going to ask whether it grew on the stem, when I read the description. Now I have a different question. Could you link to a picture that shows the plant in perspective, like Raoula Australis? I am wondering how big it really is.

  2. chiniya

    dear sir, thank you for your website.
    I see about plant of Helwingia japonica and H.himalica in your website but I don’t know about it. I am nepali I leave in nepal so I have seen these kinds of plant so that please give me any information about this plant?
    best regards/ CHINIYA/NEPAL……………..

  3. Daniel Mosquin

    Hello Chiniya,
    You might want to start with Helwingia in the Flora of China.

  4. Rod Parke

    We grow and propagate this Helwingia japonica at the Kruckeberg Botanic Garden (and MsK Rare Plant Nursery) in Shoreline, Washington (www.kruckeberg.org). Our plant is five feet tall and growing very nicely in rather dense shade! It sports attractive, green stems and has a purple stripe to the midpoint of each leaf, where the flower appears (not evident in the photo on the UBC page). Unfortunately, we do NOT have a female to offer!
    I love to show these weird flowers to our tours, for they always bring exclamations of amazement.

  5. Eric in SF

    My guess is that the Pleurothallidinae group of the Orchidaceae contains the largest number of species exhibiting this morphology.
    Locally, Miner’s Lettuce, Claytonia perfoliata appears to exhibit this morphology.
    If neither of those examples are epiphylly, please educate me! =)

  6. Daniel Mosquin

    Sure, I’ll educate you. From the “Categorical Glossary for the Flora of North America Project”:
    epiphyllous {insertion, position} Upon the leaves, or partially adnate thereto and apparently arising therefrom
    perfoliate {architecture} [foliaceous structure] Having a sessile lamina (blade) that uninterruptedly encircles the bearing axis which thus passes through it at some point within the margin.
    For Claytonia and Pleurothallis, the flowers are actually borne on a peduncle, whereas the flowers of Helwingia are borne on the leaf itself.

  7. nilesh bari

    It is really sea of information.
    Beatiful.

  8. David Ayres

    I have seen a bush of this plant where the flowers look just like the end of an orange. Is this a female?
    You can see a photo on Flickr here.

  9. Daniel Mosquin

    Yes, that one looks like a female.

  10. Linda Allan

    Hello,
    that’s a magnificent R.augustinii!
    (not available in N.S.W.,Australia,sadly)
    I grow Helwingia-it is truly fascinating.
    Mine came from a plant imported from Heronswood
    Nursery.
    I’ll keep watching your site.
    Regards,
    Linda.

  11. Alan Shapiro

    There is a nice specimen growing in Savannah GA at the Armstrong Atlantic University Arboretum. I took cuttings and rooted them successfully under mist. Now I have several plants in the ground in Gainesville FL that are doing just fine.

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