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sarah1210March 22, 2013

Hello, I'm trying to identify my fathers plant, he has had this plant for 30 years and can't remember what it is. I've tried to do a bit of reseach myself, but I am not very knowledgeable when it comes to house plants. Any help would be much appreciative! Thank you

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Tuckamore

Hello,

looks like Heptapleurum arboricolum or dwarf umbrella tree but I could be mistaken

    Bookmark   March 22, 2013 at 3:54PM
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sarah1210

Oh you're right. They both look very similar...hmm hard to tell which one it would be. Thank you for such a fast reply =)

    Bookmark   March 22, 2013 at 3:59PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

They are the same thing, synonyms or old/new names AFAIK.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2013 at 4:04PM
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Tuckamore

both are one in the same, just common and scientific names, sorry i wasn't very clear.

glad i could help!

On another note that plants reminds me of a tv show from my childhood that i never even thought of since lol

    Bookmark   March 22, 2013 at 4:04PM
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wndy_gardenweb(USDA z4b)

I agree with Tuck, schefflera arboricola :)

It also goes by the name of Heptapleurum arboricolum, dwarf umbrella tree, umbrella plant, dwarf schefflera.

Here is a link that might be useful: http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/gardens-gardening/your-garden/plant-finder/plant-details/kc/b636/schefflera-arboricola.aspx

    Bookmark   March 22, 2013 at 4:06PM
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sarah1210

Well, I feel silly. It is now quite obvious I'm not familiar with house plants lol. Thank you everyone very much for the info =)

    Bookmark   March 22, 2013 at 5:11PM
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wndy_gardenweb(USDA z4b)

Don't feel silly! A lot of plants have multiple common names, and some even have multiple scientific names... it doesn't make it easy! I have also heard some people on ebay making up new names for the plants they sell! What a world :-D

    Bookmark   March 22, 2013 at 6:13PM
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Tuckamore

Im to blame here, the way I wrote it made it seems as though I meant 2 different plants.

As wndy said, there are so many names mistakes will be made lol

    Bookmark   March 22, 2013 at 8:24PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

It's not a mistake, "they" rename plants! Some of them have 3 or more names. Signing off before I get on my soap box...

    Bookmark   March 22, 2013 at 10:31PM
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sarah1210

Well thanks for not giving me a hard time about it! haha. As you can see I'm new to this. Thank you for the link, I sent it to my Dad and he has been telling me facts about his plant all night. He is very pleased to finally know what it is. Thanks again =)

    Bookmark   March 22, 2013 at 10:31PM
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sarah1210

Well thanks for not giving me a hard time about it! haha. As you can see I'm new to this. Thank you for the link, I sent it to my Dad and he has been telling me facts about his plant all night. He is very pleased to finally know what it is. Thanks again =)

    Bookmark   March 22, 2013 at 10:33PM
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asleep_in_the_garden

Some plants share the same common name and other than that have no relationship whatsoever so I try to remember the latin names to avoid confusion. As far as re-naming goes,I imagine that these days,scientists frequently find that the genetic code of a plant long thought to be THIS is discovered in fact to be THAT and thus they change the name.

I'm just guessing here. lol

    Bookmark   March 23, 2013 at 11:24AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

That is certainly part of it, asleep.

    Bookmark   March 23, 2013 at 11:43AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

Sarah, do you really want to talk about it? I don't want to "go off" if you don't approve - your discussion.

    Bookmark   March 23, 2013 at 11:55AM
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