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    Post by Joy on Mon 28 Sep 2009, 11:36 am

    We have a magnificent tall, bushy plant called a dracaena surculosa punctulata "Sierra Leone". It took me much searching to find the name of this plant. When I did find it, discovered that the name on its care tag was correct all along!!!! :shock: Had thought I had, originally, mixed up some plant tags. :oops: The appellation punctulata "Sierra Leone" is important as there are other surculosas that look nothing like this plant. These are the "Gold Dust" or "Florida Beauty" AKA dracaena godseffiana. Turns out my plant is, now, very rare.

    This pic was taken four months ago during autumn. It is now spring & it is sending up new shoots.



    Close up of the leaf pattern.

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    Post by Joy on Fri 02 Oct 2009, 3:04 pm

    This dracaena surculosa punctulata "Sierra Leone" has quite a history. We bought it about 18/19 years ago & it would have been then, at least, 3 years old. Thought it was a nice foliage plant but nothing special. Then it had a few of its very beautiful, but ephemeral, flowers. Their fragrance is unbelievable. They only flower at night & by morning are starting to fade. Their berries, if there are any, turn red when ripe. They only have one flower, too,  at a very long  intervals. It became a bit rangy. Didn't realise it could be pruned.  :oops:

    Eventually, it ended up outside, under shelter. This plant cannot handle direct sun but will try & grow towards the light so it was becoming really unruly as its long bamboo-like thin stems grew & grew. Its pot cracked open, as it was so potbound & it burst its container. By this time it would have been, at least, twenty years old. We were moving & I was going to throw this poor plant out. Had second thoughts & we bought some secateurs, pruned most of the six ft long stems. Made sure we left some leaves. Some stems we cut almost to the ground. Bought a good pot for it, hacked at the compacted root ball to get it to a more manageable size, repotted it & fed & watered it. Well, didn't it surprise us!!! It grew & grew & grew!!! The stems we had cut down at ground level sprouted with beautiful leaves. They now form, what looks like a skirt at the bottom of the plant. New stems shot up & new leaf branches shot out. It became a lovely, luxuriant plant nearly six ft high. It is probably potbound now but it still seems happy, so we shall leave it for the moment.  

    We found out later that this plant is from the West African rainforest region, hence its appellation of "Sierra Leone" & that it is quite rare!!!!!  We love it now.

    A pic of its flower.


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    Post by Joy on Fri 30 Oct 2009, 10:45 am

    There two tall stems shooting up. They will add another 45-60cms height to this plant. :affraid:
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    Post by Joy on Fri 30 Oct 2009, 3:07 pm

    A pic taken today of the three (not two) new stems which are shooting for the roof!!! They are way up above the rest of the plant.

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    Post by Joy on Thu 12 Nov 2009, 5:20 pm

    This stem of our dracaena surculosa punctulata "Sierra Leone" is definitely reaching for the sky!!!!! The other two are not growing so fast or tall, thank goodness. The tall one is almost touching the roof. :affraid:

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    Post by Joy on Fri 13 Nov 2009, 2:49 pm

    It has hit the roof & is bent at the top!!!!! :shock: How much further will it grow, I wonder??????
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    Post by Joy on Sat 28 Nov 2009, 11:44 am

    Well, it kept growing. In fact all of its new shoots are heading for the roof. Generally, it looks rather happy with much new growth.

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    Post by Joy on Sat 28 Nov 2009, 11:45 am

    Its top is now very bushy with new leaves & shoots everywhere.

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    Post by Joy on Mon 30 Nov 2009, 1:42 pm

    Have no idea why it is rare, Dawn, maybe the authorities in Cameroon won't let it be be taken from the wild anymore. Just going on what I've seen on the net & also, a couple of dracaena fanciers were keen to hold of it but couldn't find it for sale. One was desperate for me to send him cuttings but I did not know how to do that & the plant was still regrowing from the severe pruning we had given it. Poor thing. Mine was bought nineteen years ago & I have not seen them for sale since.

    It probably could be propagated (yep, right word :lol:) like other dracaenas, by planting stem offcuts & hoping they take root. Haven't tried this as I don't think I would have room for another plant or three.
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    Post by Joy on Sat 22 May 2010, 10:23 pm

    A close up.




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    Post by Joy on Fri 11 Jun 2010, 9:08 pm

    The dracaena surculosa punctulata "Sierra Leone" flowered many times o=ver a period of about 10+ days. This has been an amazing experience for us as it has never done this before. In the 20 years we have had this plant it has only flowered, usually singly, about 4 or 5 times. It really has been wonderful to see, but it is a shame these exquisite flowers are so ephemeral. :sad3:
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    Post by Joy on Wed 26 Jan 2011, 9:22 pm

    Look what is going to flower again!!! :excited: Cannot believe that the dracaena surculosa punctulata "Sierra Leone" is going to flower again so soon after the last lot. This will be the third time in 8 or 9 months!!! :o This is the plant that has only flowered about four times in the previous twenty years we had owned it. :O

    This is only one of several flower buds.

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    Post by Joy on Thu 04 Aug 2011, 11:09 am

    We repotted this wonderful plant this morning. It was completely potbound & slipped out of its pot without any fuss. Should have, perhaps, cut some of the roots off but didn't as we noticed some more flower buds. It flowered a month or so ago, but the nights were far too cold to go outside to get some pics. It is now flowering readily. Wonder if that is because it was potbound?? From memory, though, the last time it was so potbound it split its pot, it did not flower much, if at all. It is fantastic just how much it is flowering now. :bravo:

    Also noticed another berry on it. This one is still a bright & shiny red. Must get around to planting the others & see if they germinate. :whistle:
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    Post by Joy on Wed 07 Sep 2011, 4:00 pm

    Still haven't done anything with the dracaena surculosa punctulata "Sierra Leone" seeds. :blush2:

    This wonderful plant is getting ready to flower again but I notice that many of the flowers are a bit twisted & misshapen. Wonder why???

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    Joy here is a 6 months old plant to compare with yours .



















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    Post by Joy on Sun 25 Mar 2012, 1:48 pm

    The dracaena surculosa punctulata "Sierra Leone" has started flowering again. This is now happening so frequently & is wonderful to see. It has so many buds on it this time. This is the first one, of the current lot of buds, to open that I have noticed & it was still looking good in the morning. The plant is looking huge. Will have to do a bit of pruning very soon.

    Still haven't planted the seeds but the cuttings are now flourishing with many new leaves.

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    Post by Joy on Mon 29 Oct 2012, 10:42 am

    A beautiful ephemeral flower on our wonderful dracaena surculosa punctulata "Sierra Leone". Luckily, this one was still looking good in the morning as I had not gone looking for it during the night when they usually open. Too cool. There were two flowers this time.

    It does seem as though this plant will flower at any time of the year. The previous flowering was 6 months ago.




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