CSI…UGP….mystery ‘solved’

I was given a plant by one of my elderly clients (82yrs old). She told me it was a plant her husband bought because he liked the foliage…Right, UGP..(Unidentified Growing Plant, let alone Object..)…..

She told me it was an ornamental goosberry….Something I Have never HEARD of, as far as I was concerned, gooseberries, lovely fruit as they are, are small bushes which have evil thorns…..they are horrid plants..so I never for one minute ‘believed’ there was an ornamental one…

So I took to trolling the internet for months, and still could NOT identify this one..

Yesterday I had a brainwave…contact someone who actually knows plants…..and hey presto, without even sending pictures, just a vague description of the UGP to a fellow blogger, artyplantsman …….. the mystery has been solved.

Needless to say he is now my No.1 on my CSI list of identifying UGP’s….

I am very proud to announce I now have Another Male in my family…and he is called a ‘Chinese Goosberry’ – in laymans terms a kiwi fruit.

Actinidia Chinesis….the proper term for him……..

 

My next mission is finding him a lady friend……..

and doing a CSI to find the culprit that eats the leaves…no trace of snails, slugs or caterpilla’s…..mmmmm,

How the ‘Chinese gooseberry’ became a ‘kiwi fruit’….

https://nzhistory.govt.nz/the-chinese-gooseberry-becomes-the-kiwifruit

More facts and info on this plant…..

https://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Actinidia+chinensishttps

https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=600

 

I never even thought to google ‘KIWI’ fruit, so never a day goes by that one does not learn something new…Thank you …. Β Β  artyplantsman

 

 

 

 

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9 Comments Add yours

  1. Very happy to help. Love helping with queries like this and thank you for the plug! You turned the story into a great post too😊. Leaf damage is probably nocturnal so suggest popping out after dark with a torch. Suspect a moth caterpillar or maybe even adult vine weevil.

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    1. Atgofion says:

      Am on it..with a torch… Thanks again..you now have me on a new mission…:)

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    2. Atgofion says:

      Vine weevil are my arch enemy…..have topped most of my pots with gravel to discourage the little blighter’s……didn’t think of my new man in the FAM…:). Thanks..

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      1. The evil weevil is the arch enemy of anyone who grows stuff in pots!

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  2. Sarah says:

    How lovely that Darren could help with this! πŸ˜„

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  3. 3C Style says:

    Well, well. Why does it not surprise me that Darren was able to solve this mystery. I am smiling imagining you in your PJ sneaking outside with a torch at night in search for an evil weevil.

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    1. Atgofion says:

      AND…., I did exactly that, and the culprit was a big vine weevil beetle..it took a couple of nights to track the culprit down, but the funny thing is, instead of taking a torch AND ammunition, I only took a torch….so, when I spotted the little shit, I had to run to the back garden to grab the AK47 filled with deadly chemical warfare, ( friendly chemicals I might add, but still deadly to critters) and run back to the front…needless to say the little bugger had disappeared….So, I went into full on frontline attack, and sprayed EVERYTHING, including the pot, inside and out…..So Far, I haven’t seen another leaf that has a war wound from a chomping critter…Holding thumbs I won the war…….Gawd knows what the neighbours thought…. πŸ™‚

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      1. 3C Style says:

        Hihi… This is funny. About what your neighbours thought of you: It all depends on the PJ you were wearing at the time. If it was a lace nightgown they probably thought you were a magnificent goddess warrior. But if you had one of those flapjacks with an animal face and a trapdoor, right where the sun don’t shine… Sorry to tell you this, but they probably thought you were a little crazy. πŸ˜„

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  4. He’s a good man that Darren πŸ˜‰ great post 😊

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