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Posted by dellis326 5 (My Page) on
Sun, Nov 17, 13 at 20:58

I've had these growing for a few years. Given to me by my mother who has had them growing for as long as I remember and does not remember where she got them from.

They have a bulb shaped similar to a small onion, the leaves range from 8"(20cm) to 14" (35cm) grown indoors.

Was once told they were squill/scilla but no photo that I've ever seen looks like this.

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I think it is a species of Ledebouria

Here is a link that might be useful: Ledebouria

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Well, comparing the photo on the link and the one I posted they are clearly different. I actually have two pots of ledebouria and they're not the same thing.

Thanks anyhow.

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It looks like the same thing to me. There's 40 or so other Ledebourias though. No idea what those look like. L. socialis is the pass-along 'friendship bulb plant.'

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Hi Purp, I shouldn't be surprised to see you lurking around here. You check out so many different GW forums.

Well, they both have green leaves and they're both spotted... Here is a side by side comparison of my plant to a Ledebouria socialis.

Even on these small photos you can see that the petioles are different, On mine, the leaf seems to come out of the bulb and is shaped somewhat like a daffodil leaf (although a bit thicker and with a kind of rubbery texture) and on the Ledebouria there is the brownish petiole that is about a quarter to a third the length of the leaf.

There is also a much more defined crease at the midrib of the leaves on my plant while the Ledebouria has a gentler curve down the center.

Also, which you can't really see in my picture, the bulb is white and the Ledebouria socialis brown but you can see how light the leaves get as it gets closer to the soil.

When it produces new offsets they are under the surface as opposed to Ledebouria socialis which will produce new bulbs on the surface.

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Also, Ledebouria socialis leaves are shorter in relation to the whole plant than whatever is the plant I'm trying to identify.

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I do get around, my friend, I love almost any kind of gardening/plants!

There are other species of Ledebouria besides socialis, and it would be surprising if there aren't some cultivars if that's possible, such a popular entity.

I see pics of 2 plants in insufficient light there, going by the angle of the leaves and dark color. Etiolation could account for the stretching, different amounts of light cause pigmentation to vary. The bulbs should be green, I think - the ones I got were, but they may have a layer of dead stuff on the outside, which could look brown or whitish. I can't see the bulbs clearly in those pics on either plant but that's an astute observation to help folks help you decide.

This isn't the kind of bulb usually discussed here. Not that I think it's a mistake asking here, but I think in C/S it would be seen by more folks who are more familiar with it.

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Here is a link that might be useful:

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I think it could be Drimiopsis kirkii. Granted, the leaves of your plant are to long for this but you mentioned that you growed it indoors. This could cause longer leaves.

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