("left" plant, both together, and "right" plant)
Chris Larson ... "The origins of T. Confusion: plants were circulating without name or provenance through the 80's and probably back to the 70s. Both Ken Woods and I were growing it - and they appeared the same. The description of T. tenuifolia is vague. Derek suggest we (Ken & I) name our plant with a cv name as it had no provenance and could have been a hybrid. Ken won the contest & had naming rights - T. Confusion (If I won, it would have been named T. Clarrie Borsch, after one of the old timers, and a wonderful gentlemen in our society when I joined - and the person I got my plant from).
As is our way with unnamed plants, some people said that it was close enough to T. tenuifolia - esp when they didn't know of the existence of the name T. Confusion - so that name went on to some of this widely distributed plants across the country. (This is very similar to the situation of T. Leon. Fits the description. Has no provenance. Yet people keep on removing the cv name from the form. No-one knows if it is a species - and it is distinct from the other forms of T. leonamiana that are around.)
Now, Ray, you can sort out whether you lump with T. Confusion. Label it with T. tenuifolia, etc, etc. The thing of leaving it with the name it came with doesn't really do much - or maybe it does????????"
Ray Clark ... "Chris Larson thanks mate, I appreciate your input. I am convinced both of the plants in question are definitely tenuifolias but are they both ‘Confusion’ or both a variation on the tenuifolia theme? I will ponder some more."
Chris Larson ... "To my mind, if the plant has no provenance - and it sort of fits the T. Confusion profile - that's what it is."
Ray Clark ... "Chris Larson and provenance is what guides me, so that will be the answer."
Nick Rourke ... "Actually the first till I ever owned ....
Was gifted to me by a friend who got it from a well known Sydney collector back in the day. For years I though it was aeranthos until I had an epiphany.... confusion no more !!!
It grows like a weed here now 10 years later I have multiple clumps from division."