|(1) the mystery plant--today|
I need plant identification help today. When our son and his family visited here in Iowa last week, we found a pair of unusual plants in a city park, on opposite ends of a flower garden. Each is a small scale tree, or maybe it would be classified as a tree-like bush. They have no flowers.
Photo #1 was taken this morning. I'm guessing this plant is mature. The bark is speckled or spotted. It stands about 4 feet tall, and the span of the leaves is 3-4 feet wide.
|(2) looking down into top of the plant|
|(3) three weeks ago, trunk forming|
|(4) 8-10 days ago, before the top spread wider|
|#5 -- early version , profile view|
The profile of an immature tree is in photo #5. It reminds me of a torchiere lamp or some Tiffany lamps I've seen on Antiques Roadshow.
I've tried to identify this tree/plant online, but I don't know what to call it. My attempts so far haven't produced a name. Any help would be MUCH appreciated.
UPDATE: July 6
I found the website "Walter Reeves, the Georgia Gardener" with a segment "Name that Plant." One day after posting photos and a description, I got an e-mail possibly identifying this plant as a version of voodoo lily.
However, it's not typically grown so far north (bulb would have to be dug up and wintered over)
A large, very stinky flower is missing, and that appears early as a voodoo lily grows. No flowers seen on either of the ones in our park.
I googled that name for images and found a photo similar to mine, so maybe this is a variant.