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Telanthophora grandifolia is located southern edge of the great meadow in the Meso-American Cloud Forest Garden (Bed 14).

Telanthophora grandifolia


Location
Scientific Name Telanthophora grandifolia
Family Asteraceae
Plant Type Perennial shrub
Environment Semi-shade inland, full sun near the coast. Moderate water.
Bloom Blooms repeatedly throughout the year
Uses Large screening plant with a tropical look. Attracts bees and butterflies.
More Info Big Leaves for Exotic Effects, Stephen Griffith, Sterling 2003

The range of Telanthophora species in Central America

Mesoamerican Plant Diversity and Conservation

Telanthophora grandifolia
"Giant Groundsel"

In Guatemala and north to the neighboring province of Chiapas in Mexico, are tropical forests on 3000-5000-foot mountain tops, where elevation, high humidity, long days of daylight and mild temperatures combine to create a unique ecosystem. There, certain plants in their struggle for sunlight are transformed from small herbs to tree-like specimens, developing huge leaves, large flowers and woody trunks.

Giant Groundsel, in the Mesoamerican Cloud Forest at the southern edge of the great meadow, is an example of the effects of this environment. The dinner-plate-sized golden flower clusters, 15 inch oval–shaped leaves, and 12–foot trunks are a remarkable alteration of a familiar if inconspicuous wildflower. The common groundsel (Senecio vulgaris) is found in sunny meadows worldwide, and grows 12 inches high at the most, with yellow flower heads and small leaves.

We have created our own cloud forests in the Botanical Garden. With the help of fog and our mild Bay Area climate, we are able to approximate conditions for plants far away from their native homes.

Plant Sales at San Francisco Botanical Garden IN BLOOM CONTRIBUTORS:

Docents Joanne Taylor and Kathy McNeil

Profile Contributor: Associate Director of Adult Education, Fred Bové

Additional photos provided by SFBG visitor Eric Hunt: © Eric Hunt, www.plantworld.org



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