Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Rumble Among the Jungle, Matches 2.21-2.24

Rules and Stuff
1) It's probably possible to vote more than once per poll, but please don't. If I believe that someone is voting repeatedly, I will throw out those results, repost the poll, and seriously question that person's priorities.
2) If you want to link to a poll on Twitter / Facebook / your blog / whatever and encourage your friends to come and pump up the support for your favorite plants, you are encouraged to do so.
3) You are also encouraged to leave comments on Rumble posts, if so moved.
4) All photos will enlarge if opened in a separate window/tab.
5) You can choose which plant is "best" according to whatever criteria you decide for yourself. My personal process is a bit convoluted.1
6) All polls will be open for three days.

Match 2.5 to 2.8 results:

Matches 2.5 and 2.6 weren't particularly surprising. In the first, Dracaena reflexa cvv. defeated Asparagus spp. 76 to 37, which is only logical considering how Asparagus spp. are kind of dicks, with the thorns and everything. (I'm left more mystified than ever as to how Asparagus managed to defeat Cissus rhombifolia and get to the second round at all, though.)
In match 2.6, Aglaonema cvv. beat Oxalis triangularis cvv., 70 to 43, which is likewise pretty much what I expected. (Oxalis made a better showing than I thought it would, but I'm not very objective when it comes to Aglaonemas.)

Dracaena reflexa and Aglaonema go up against one another in match 3.3, which will begin on 16 October.

Matches 2.7 and 2.8, on the other hand, did surprise me quite a bit. Not necessarily the winners (I voted with the victor in both cases), but that neither match was particularly close. They were both pretty tough choices for me.
In match 2.7, Strelitzia nicolai and reginae defeated Ficus maclellandii by 70 to 43. Sad to see Ficus go, but I knew when I started this that most of the plants I liked would not win, so I have only myself to blame.
Finally, Philodendron hederaceum cvv. beat Dracaena fragrans cvv. to a sappy pulp in match 2.8, winning by a score of 82 to 28.

The Strelitzias face Philodendron hederaceum in match 3.4, also beginning 16 October.

And now, today's matches:

Match 2.21
Dendrobium cvv. vs. Beaucarnea recurvata (ponytail palm)

Dendrobium cvv. Right center is 'Karen;' the others are NOIDs.

(Bottom left: Beaucarnea recurvata variegata. Others: B. recurvata.)

Match 2.22
Oncidium alliance orchids (dancing ladies) vs. Polyscias fruticosa (ming aralia)

Left side, top to bottom: Beallara Marfitch 'Howard's Dream,' Oncidium Tsiku Marguerite 'NN #1.'
Center, top to bottom: Vuylstekeara Aloha Sparks 'Ruby Eyes,' Odontocidium Tiger Crow 'Golden Girl,' Wilsonara Lisa Devos.
Right side, top to bottom: Oncidium Saint Dawn Gold, Bakerara Truth 'Silver Chalice.'

Top left and bottom right: Polyscias fruticosa. Top right: P. fruticosa 'Snowflake.' Bottom left: P. fruticosa 'Elegans.'

Match 2.23
Dracaena deremensis cvv. vs. Schefflera actinophylla / arboricola (umbrella tree)

Clockwise from top left: Dracaena deremensis ''Lemon-Lime,' 'Warneckei' or similar, 'Dorado,' 'Malaika,' 'Janet Craig Compacta.'

Top row, L-R: Schefflera actinophylla, S. actinophylla 'Renegade,' S. arboricola.
Bottom row, L-R: Schefflera actinophylla ('Amate?'), S. arboricola NOID.

Match 2.24
Begonia cvv. (rhizomatous begonias) vs. Sansevieria trifasciata cvv. (snake plant)

Clockwise from top left: Begonia 'Soli-Mutata,' B. 'Erythrophylla,' B. 'Tiger Kitten,' NOID.

Top row, L-R: Sansevieria trifasciata 'Black Coral,' 'Laurentii,' 'Bantel's Sensation.'
Center row, L-R: S. trifasciata NOID, 'Hahnii,' 'Hahnii Pearl Young.'
Bottom row, L-R: S. trifasciata 'Moonglow,' 'Black Gold.'


1 I'm deciding according to a hypothetical situation in which all of my houseplants are gone, as are all the other houseplants of the world, except for one producer/supplier/retailer. Said person is offering to restock me with one or the other of the plants in question but refuses to give me both. Which one would I choose?

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