weird houseplant

teengardener1888(NY Albany 5a)May 21, 2012

someone has given me the wierdest houseplant i ever seen. please help with identification. the link tinypic shows a photo from a friends phone of me holding the plant

Here is a link that might be useful: tinypic

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Hi teengardener,

It looks to me very like an Aspidistra, although the bit lying over your arm confuses me a bit, because I thought it might be a flowering shoot. Aspidistras flower on the soil under the plant and usually are a very muddy purple colour, not what you could call pretty.

    Bookmark   May 21, 2012 at 12:09PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

I 'd like to see another picture. It looks more like one of the night blooming cacti. Epiphyllum oxypetalum is probably the most commonly grown as a house plant.

    Bookmark   May 21, 2012 at 5:47PM
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stonesriver(6B Tennessee)

Picture is too small to really tell; but I agree with rhizo. Looks more like an epi than Aspidistra.


    Bookmark   May 21, 2012 at 7:12PM
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Possiby a fairly well beat up ZZ plant?

    Bookmark   May 22, 2012 at 7:52AM
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teengardener1888(NY Albany 5a)


    Bookmark   May 22, 2012 at 8:53AM
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Teen, are you talking about the pic w/a man holding a plant? When I clicked on your link, a man holding a plant is displayed.

If that's the pic, it doesn't look like ZZ to me. I agree w/Rhizo, it looks like Epiphyllum. lol. Toni

    Bookmark   May 22, 2012 at 2:08PM
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teengardener1888(NY Albany 5a)

this is zz plant the leaves fell off he stalk.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2012 at 2:24PM
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pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)

I saw this last night & wondered about it myself. Tho' the pic is largely in shadow, take a look at the lower part of those stalks, fattened stalks did look to me like those thickened lower parts of their stalks which seem to act rather like water storage organs.

I missed it on the leaves, but did see it on the stems.

Fun plants, I have several of them (I started from leaves). They're almost indestructable except to overwatering.

Tho' somewhat unusual looking they are in the Aroid family & have blooms that look similar to those of Spathyphyllum (Peace Lily).

    Bookmark   May 22, 2012 at 3:32PM
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