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The mission of the Conservancy is to facilitate the acquisition and introduction to North America of threatened and vulnerable ornamental plants of known wild provenance as well as from cultivated sources. These plants will be maintained as a living reference collection for public educational and scientific purposes with the goal of conservation through cultivation via distribution to botanic and public gardens, botanists and researchers plus professional and amateur gardeners and horticulturists.

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Ophiopogon sp. cf. umbraticola H2MD063 Ophiopogon sp. cf. umbraticola H2MD063

A Far Reaches Botanical Conservancy Offering.  Keying Ophiopogon requires a keener taxonomic mind than we possess plus a bottle of sippin' whiskey within easy reach as it is a frustrating endeavor.  This is a little gem forming loose open tussocks of fine bladed grassy green leaves which provides excellent viewing of the comparatively large brilliant blue fruit.

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Polygonatum cf. verticillatum CDHM 14611 Polygonatum cf. verticillatum CDHM 14611

A Far Reaches Botanical Conservancy Offering.  One of the tall verticillate species in China, this was growing among the branches of a striking shrubby Symplocos just below the mountain summit.  The leaves on this species are arranged in whorls like the spokes of a tire.  At the leaf base are clustered white and green flowers which turn into red fruit.  We like it.

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Viburnum propinquum H2MD 069 (earlier as cf. atrocyaneum Viburnum propinquum H2MD 069 (earlier as cf. atrocyaneum

A Far Reaches Botanical Conservancy Offering.  We have gotten rather picky about collecting Viburnum as there are some that simply don't cut the mustard ornamentally but this one caused not even momentary hesitation.  Glossy evergreen leaves with constellations of small gleaming blue fruit in the fall made an altogether dashing presentation.

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Ophiopogon sp. NV 095 Ophiopogon sp. NV 095

Our Asian collection of yet another Ophiopogon or Mondo Grass.  Through the Far Reaches Botanical Conservancy, we are very keen on acquiring documented collections of this complex and taxonomically challenging genus as such collections are needed to get the genus properly sorted. Narrow grassy leaves to 15" and purplish fruit.  Flowers unknown.  A portion of the proceeds goes to the Far Reaches Botanical Conservancy.

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Ophiopogon sp. NV 077 Ophiopogon/Liriope sp. NV 077

A wild collection introduced by Far Reaches Botanical Conservancy hoping to shine some light into the taxonomic murkiness that is these genera.  Perhaps our unflinching ambiguity in assigning it to two possible genera is an indication.  From a high elevation within its range, this should have good hardiness.  Evergreen leaves 18" long by 1/2" wide with blue fruit.  Flowers unknown. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Far Reaches Botanical Conservancy.

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Pittosporum sp. H2MD 062 Pittosporum sp. H2MD 062

A Far Reaches Botanical Conservancy Offering.  Unidentified species of a seriously good Asian Pittosporum.  This was an attention-grabber being essentially a small 15' tree with large - for a Pittosporum - evergreen leaves.  What really stopped us was the large green seed capsules like small figs.  These split open when mature to reveal showy orange seeds.  Young seed-grown plants.

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Viburnum hoanglienense FMWJ 13289 ex. Viburnum hoanglienense FMWJ 13289 ex.

F2 plants from the original wild collection of this rare species. This is a very handsome thing with superb glossy textured leaves and showy displays of red fruit. Just looking at it, we thought - bummer, can't possibly be hardy but heard from one of the collectors that it handled zero Fahrenheit so woohoo!  We later saw for ourselves the reason why as we climbed on Mt Fansipan, "The Roof of Indochina' and saw this growing near the summit.  A portion of the proceeds goes to support the mission of Far Reaches Botanical Conservancy.

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Dianthus barbatus 'Monksilver Black' Dianthus barbatus 'Monksilver Black'

A Far Reaches Botanical Conservancy Offering.  Awesome Sweet William selected by John Grimshaw from seedlings at Monksilver Nursery and is notable for the foliage which turns maroon-black providing the perfect foil for the velvety maroon clustered flowers which smells of chocolate in warm weather - damn!  Cut back after flowering for another go around.  John personally gave us a piece from his garden so we have a fond attachment.

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Oreocharis argyreia CGG 14143 Oreocharis argyreia CGG 14143

A Far Reaches Botanical Conservancy Offering.  Sweet little gesneriad (African Violet family) from our collection in Asia in an area not botanized by westerners.  This was common in soil pockets on rock faces where it formed rosettes of evergreen leaves with scapes (flower stems) to 10" tall.  Up to 9 tubular  light purple flowers on each reddish stem.

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Puya sp. CEH 132 Puya sp. CEH 132

A collection from Bolivia by Far Reaches Botanical Conservancy taxonomist Cody Hinchliff.  This well-armored species was found on a sunny, well-drained bank above a river where it made blue-grey rosettes to 3' wide with a long, branched inflorescense 3'-6' tall.  Nice, tender rarity good in zone 10 and likely a warmer zone 9.  Great container plant and easy to overwinter inside as long as you are careful not to keep it in the toddler's room.  Will take some dry so good for the well-intentioned but distracted gardener.  A portion of the proceeds goes to support the mission of Far Reaches Botanical Conservancy.

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Pitcairnia sp. CEH Pitcairnia sp. CEH

A Cody Hinchliff collection from Bolivia where it grew on sandy clay cliffs near a waterfall forming rosettes up to 30" across.  Not seen in flower but expect a single spike inflorescence with red bracts.  This will take sun or shade, wet or dry and is tender but makes a great houseplant or outside in warm zone 9 or zone 10.  Forget the Boston Fern - grow something no one else has.  A portion of the proceeds goes to support the mission of Far Reaches Botanical Conservancy.

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Luma apiculata "hardy form" Luma apiculata - Hardy Form

A selection we imported via Far Reaches Botanical Conservancy from the UK that was propagated from plants which survived the prolonged Big Freeze of December 2010.  An event like this winnows the posers and despite the horrors, is a great opportunity to assess which plants have some unforeseen hardiness genetics. Evergreen shrub to small tree with gorgeous exfoliating cinnamon colored bark, white fragrant flowers and edible blue-black fruit.  A portion of the proceeds goes to support the mission of Far Reaches Botanical Conservancy.

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Cotoneaster cf. bullatus CGG14075 Cotoneaster cf. bullatus CGG 14056

It takes something for us to collect a Cotoneaster but no hesitation as this has that little, or in this case, that big somethin' somethin'. The awesome deciduous bullate leaves turn red in fall and are very large for bullatus. Compound umbels of white flowers turn to deep scarlet fruit which can exceed 30 in number and persist all winter here. A Far Reaches Botanical Conservancy Offering.

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Syringa tomentella CDHM 14585 Syringa tomentella CDHM 14585

A Far Reaches Botanical Conservancy Offering.  A multistemmed large shrub having a small tree appearance as it is quite upright from our Asian collection in an area of extreme ecological devastation.  This had fallen from a cliff edge making seed capsules accessible. Narrow flower heads of whitish flowers have a graceful quality that is found in the wild species.

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Schefflera sp. NV 021 Schefflera sp. NV 021

This smaller Schefflera is a very ornamental species from our collection northern Vietnam from a mountain previously unexplored by westerners.  Loose panicles of presumed creamy flowers and black fruit.  Similar but different to Schefflera sp. NV 023.  Pretty cool!

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Schefflera sp. NV 023 Schefflera sp. NV 023

A Far Reaches Botanical Conservancy Offering. A bold plant of 12' forming part of the species-dense broad-leaf forest margins on the incredibly steep slopes of a mountain previously not visited by westerners to our knowledge. It was a long day's climb which ended in the dark with rain and wind on a bare ridge hoping the tent didn't blow away with us in it. Fortunately, after 20+ miles and 5800' feet elevation gain, sleep came easy! Broad leaves with up to 14 leaflets held on petioles touched in red. Cream flowers and black fruit on dendritic panicles. Proceeds from this goes to the FRBC.

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Skimmia cf. multinervia NV 058 Skimmia cf. multinervia NV 058

Our collection of what we presume to be this species although given the distribution from Nepal into China and Vietnam, we wouldn't be shocked to see this species broken into varieties or subspecies. If it is this species, give it some room as it can hit 40' tall as a venerable old-growth specimen but expect much less in the garden. Upright evergreen with pale butter-white flowers and blue-black fruit.

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Polygonatum prattii MD12-38 Polygonatum prattii MD12-38

Impish little species to a foot or so which looked unremarkable in the wild but blossomed - literally and figuratively - in the easy livin' at the nursery.  Clusters of small white bells heavily marked in magenta dangle from long pedicels at the base of each leaf which is likewise fetchingly daubed in a small spot of bright maroon. A Far Reaches Botanical Conservancy Offering.

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Skimmia arborescens FMWJ 13377 ex. Skimmia arborescens FMWJ 13377

F2 seed-grown plants from the original wild collection of this plant which in the wild can reach fairly epic heights of 25'!  We've seen one a few feet shorter in southern China and that memory is carved deeply into the memory banks.  Quite upright and dense when young and eventually spreading out with age when in deep shade.  Black fruit, flowers insignificant comparatively.  The important thing is, you will have one and your friends won't!  A portion of the proceeds goes to support the mission of Far Reaches Botanical Conservancy.

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Begonia cf. villifolia NV 96 Begonia cf. villifolia NV 96

Asian seed collection from an area denuded of woody plants for firewood and hungry small goats. This Begonia found a tenuous asylum between boulders. Light pink flowers and leaves covered in light red hairs and is a rhizomatous type suited for milder gardens in the PNW if mulched in winter. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Far Reaches Botanical Conservancy.

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Metapanax davidii CGG 14084 ex China Metapanax davidii CGG 14084 ex China

We have seen this species in the wild on multiple occasions and it is variable but all are first-rate foliage plants.  This particular collection is derived from the plant voted best broadleaf evergreen of the trip, excluding Rhododendrons.  Umbels of small creamy flowers give way to small black fruit.  While we can't recall every plant we have seen plant hunting, the memory of this is crystal clear.

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Staphylea bumalda H2MD 120 Staphylea bumalda H2MD 120

Bumald Bladdernut.  The species is named for 17th century Italian botanist Ovidio Montalbano who used the pen name Johannus Bumaldus when publishing.  Curious bit of phytoesoterica.  A smaller deciduous shrub with trifoliate leaves and panicles of white fragrant flowers followed by small bladders holding two shiny nut-like seeds which would make lovely beads.  A Far Reaches Botanical Conservancy offering.

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Bomarea cf. edulis NAB032 Bomarea cf. edulis NAB 032

Unflowered plants from our seed collection, although attributes and geography suggest a likelihood of this being the species edulis due to widespread cultivation from pre-Columbian times thanks to the edible tubers.  If this is edulis, expect 24 or more pink-tubed flowers with green-yellow throats in a fireworks umbel.  Showy orange seeds in fall.

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Rohdea aurantiaca MD97-099 (syn. Tupistra) Rohdea aurantiaca MD97-099 (syn. Tupistra)

A Far Reaches Botanical Conservancy Offering.  Collected as Tupistra in 1997 in the Cangshan above Dali at 10,000'.  This was in a slump of debris on the road from the cliff above and located just past the 1981 SBEC collection of Rhododendron edgeworthii which was recognizable from expedition photos as the same plant growing on top of the same massive boulder.

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Syneilesis australis H2MD 136 Syneilesis australis H2MD 136

First introduction to cultivation! Our collection of this rare species in a genus of excellent foliage perennials. Sue spotted this on an evening plant reccy while Kelly took to bed nursing a rib fracture incurred earlier while collecting fruit on a Photinia. A Photinia of all things! A Far Reaches Botanical Conservancy Offering.

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Stewartia aff. pteropetiolata NV 053 Stewartia pteropetiolata NV 053

This is exciting even as a young seedling with new growth colored in reddish tones and besides, what is not to like about any Stewartia?  The leaf petioles on this species have an upper slight wing to them hence the species name.  A small tree which can get to 35' in the wild.  Small white flowers in late spring show its relation to Camellias.  A sheltered spot is best.

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Polypodiaceae MD15-09 Polypodiaceae MD15-09

Fern fans we are, fern experts we are not, but we continue to chip away at the imposing taxonomic massif of Pteridphyta in hopes of becoming somewhat conversational in Fern. Currently, we can ask the equivalent of where the restroom is and order beer when talking Asian ferns. This is a creeping fern with long, thin rhizomes ideally suited for weaving through shallow moss on shaded rock faces with small orbicular-ovate evergreen leaves.

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Cardiocrinum giganteum var. yunnanense H2MD082 Cardiocrinum giganteum var. yunnanense H2MD082

Three year old bulbs of this grand show-stealer.  From near the eastern edge of this species described range, this was growing above a stream in the bright dappled light that filtered through the leaves of a panoply of deciduous and broadleaf evergreen trees and large shrubs.  This collection has very rounded leaves.  A Far Reaches Botanical Conservancy Offering  

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Cardiocrinum giganteum var. yunnanense H2MD092 Cardiocrinum giganteum var. yunnanense H2MD092

Three year old bulbs of this incomparably garden-worthy species.  This is from a slightly more eastern extension to its range than currently recognized and was found just as drier Pinus forest changed to wetter, mixed deciduous forest.  Fragrant white flowers with some purple coloration in the interior on stems 8'-12' tall is 3-4 years.  A Far Reaches Botanical Conservancy Offering

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Schefflera gracilis NV 064 Schefflera gracilis NV 064

A Schefflera of smaller stature with a need to please.  This flowers when quite young with spherical clusters of creamy-white flowers followed by even showier balls of black fruit.  Self-fertile, this handles the reproductive function nicely on its own which is all the rage in this era of the pandemic.  A Far Reaches Botanical Conservancy Offering. Nice gallon size.

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