13 responses to “Grindelia chiloensis”

  1. laura

    Daniel, I am highly sensitive to smells and have allsorts of ways of describing yucky stinky things. I wear an indian style silk scarf most days; if I have to walk around with odors seeping, leaking, evaporating or descending on me all over the place, I want my silk scarf to cover my conk – also, it helps one cultivate a coy and alluring appearance. My worst Vancouver summer stinkers are the smell of soured milk dropped by sloppy gelati eaters onto the sidewalks of Robson and Denman and the resulting babybarf smell of the re-emiting fumes releasing from the sun scorched concrete, and then, of course, Alma & 4th, the low point of Vancouver where the sewage settles out and we all know what that septic stink is like. Need help describing a stink? I’m your “man”. 🙂

  2. Daniel Mosquin

    Laura – I don’t get offers like that everyday! I’m fairly sensitive to smells myself, which is quite rewarding in the garden when near pleasing wafts of fragrance or seeking out subtle scents. But when it comes to some plants, well…

  3. Mustela Furo

    Wow! Those pictures are great! Is that plant related to thistles, because it looks a bit thistle-ish. Also, what are those berries in the background of the second pic? Blueberries?

  4. Daniel Mosquin

    Mustela – yes, it’s related to thistles, sunflowers, dandelions, lettuce and Raoulia australis. The fruit in the background are on a Berberis or barberry, I think perhaps Berberis darwinii, but I’d have to confirm.

  5. Colleen Kilkenny

    Very nice pic!

  6. jams

    the top photo kind of look’s like a opium poppy.

  7. Stan GRAINGER

    Regarding Babiana ringens – April 30,2005:
    Thank you so much for the two beautifully reproduced pictures. As the genus goes ,I am still referring to Lewis’s ‘The Genus babiana’, Supplementary Volume No.111 of the Journal of South African Botany, 1959, at which time ‘owing to insufficient knowledge’ the species was excluded. So thank you again for filling a loveley omission

  8. floater

    I must disagree with any consensus that says “all” terpenes are foul-smelling. Many (most, I wouldn’t be surprised) of scents that all gardener love are terpenes. Think of limonene, citronella, turpentine, menthol (which are quite strong and not enjoyed by everyone). But also the smell of thyme and many other spices, pine needles, cypress. Pick a scent you like, and you will find that in that mixture of compounds, you will probably find a terpene. Terpenes consist of a basic 5-carbon building block, the isoprenoid unit, which plants have turned into an infinite variety of compounds. And not just scents, also color compounds.

  9. Daniel Mosquin

    floater – I happily stand corrected. Thank you.

  10. Helen Romberg

    Does G. chiloensis have any medicinal applications, as G. robusta and G. squarrosa?

  11. jeff

    I have some of the local gum plants, Grindela Integrifolia drying now in my apartment. The scent is lovely and aromatic. They grow by all the highways here in Victoria. They are the only things that are lush and green following our drought. They are said to do better in droughts.
    If you want something that stinks of turpenes, try Inula root. It also tastes like turpentine.

  12. Marcos

    As a patagonian, i can tell you one more thing about the boton de oro. It favours disturbed soil, so it’s very common by roads and oil wells. A while ago, a bride choose them as her church flowers. The photos do not do them justice, they are indeed stunning…but the wedding was an evening one and the flowers were all closed by then!
    They do smell bad, but just the sap, the flowers have a strong honey like scent, very popular with bees and flies.

  13. Eleanor Ryan

    Here in OR we have another gumweed, endemic to Willamette Valley,Grindelia integrifolia which is the preferred nectar plant for the Great Copper butterfly–indeed one of the few plants available in the dry heat of the summer. Females are known to nectar on the resin –perhaps for additional protein for egg laying. Males nectar on the central flowers–high carbohydrate source for quick energy.

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