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What is this?

Posted by BronwynH none (My Page) on
Thu, Jul 25, 13 at 17:51

So I have a couple stalks of something green. They came in a bouquet I was given some months ago and never died. I didn't want to dispose of them even after the flowers had gone since they were still alive. I'm kind of half hoping they might eventually root.

After the flowers were gone I put them in water on the balcony, but the leaves bleached and became much paler (they had been a very dark green when I got them). Once I brought them back in I noticed some of the leaves had patches of sunburn, so I'm guessing they're not from a direct light plant. Also, they don't seem to use much water. I changed the water they were in after the flowers died and the water level has remained the same. That was about a month and a half ago. The water still seems fresh: clear, nothing in or on it and no smell.

Other than remaining pale and having those patches of sunburn the sprigs seem just as healthy today as when I got the bouquet. Leaves are still firm and upright, stems still hard, not dropped leaves. But no rooting.

There are two interesting features on/near the leaves. At the base of each leaf is a small spikey thing that looks like a dead leaf blade. And in the middle of each leaf, at the bottom is a structure that I can only describe as either the largest and strangest shaped stomata I have ever seen, or rootlets.

I will attach a couple photos to aid in the id.

Can anyone tell me what this is? And if so will it root and do I need to do anything special to help it along?


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RE: What is this?

Close up of a leaf.


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You may want to ask on name-that-plant forum. Might be some kind of Ruscus.


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I agree - Ruscus hypophyllum -. commonly used in floristry.


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I agree - Ruscus hypophyllum -. commonly used in floristry.


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No need to post on NTP. Flora's tha bomb! I knew it wasn't the Ruscus microglossus my Mom has. On that one, the little 'ears' are on the top of the leaves.

Flora, can those stems take root in water?


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So far everything I;m reading says to divide or sow from collected seeds.

Naturally I was thinking the same thing Purp...You're like a sister to me as we must have been cut from the same compulsive propagating cloth. :)


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Ya! It's definitely not dead.


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....Which lends to the idea that if it's still alive after all this time,maybe it IS possible,..right?

And this thread will be testimony to the success if/when Bronwyn gets the roots she's been waiting for for so long. :)


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Thanks all! I now know what I have. I shall keep it in water until it roots or dies, so I'll let everyone know which when it does. Any thoughts on using a rooting solution or adding willow branches to accelerate any possible rooting process?


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It would be hard to OD on the willow branches, couldn't hurt! Changing the water occasionally can help also, if it's anything but clear and UNscented.


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Just thought I'd give an update: the branches are still green and going strong, but have yet to root. As long as they care to stay alive in water I'll let them be.


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Cool! The odds of roots forming increase each day it stays green.


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