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Identification of houseplant advice please, poss. Coffea Arabica

Posted by carlisleliverpool (My Page) on
Wed, Sep 14, 11 at 18:13

Hi, I haven't been on here in ages, only just building up my houseplant collection back up after moving back in with parents.

I acquired a small houseplant at a local supermarket yesterday, it was half-price and looked lonely and unloved, but there was no indication as to what it was.

The plant it most closely resembles is Coffea Arabica, with the dark green, waxy, shiny, ruffled, oval leaves. In fact the leaves themselves and the way they grow from the stems is an exact match.

The only thing is, the plant isn't a tree as Coffea is supposed to be, nor does it resemble one, the leaves grow from several green flexible stems, not from a single trunk.

Does Coffea perhaps grow like this at a certain age or under certain conditions, there is no other match for this plant anywhere near as close. I've read that Coffea isn't a true tree and that leaves grow from 'willowy stems' but I've no idea what 'willowy' means.

Any suggestions?


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RE: Identification of houseplant advice please, poss. Coffea Arab

A picture would be helpful.


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RE: Identification of houseplant 2

So sorry....I meant to add the attached link to the other possibility besides Coffee plant.

Here is a link that might be useful: Ardisia crispa


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RE: Identification of houseplant advice please, poss. Coffea Arab

thanks... I'll grab a photo of it later today. I took one on my phone, but my laptop's bluetooth isn't working so I'll have to use a camera.


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RE: Identification of houseplant advice please, poss. Coffea Arab

Could it be several coffee beans planted in one pot? When they are young, of course the stems would be green instead of brown. I bought several coffee plants in a single 4 inch pot years ago and raised one of them to a two or 3 foot tree in a few years. Unfortunately it got thrown out when I moved.

Christopher


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RE: Identification of houseplant advice please, poss. Coffea Arab

Here's a photo of the plant in question, hopefully this helps identify it.

Here is a link that might be useful: Mystery Plant


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RE: Identification of houseplant advice please, poss. Coffea Arab

Looks more like coffee than the Ardisia I suggested.


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RE: Identification of houseplant advice please, poss. Coffea Arab

thanks yeah. I had a look at the Ardisia, but the leaves looked a bit too long and thin to be this plant. Can you see on the photo what I mean about the stems?


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RE: Identification of houseplant advice please, poss. Coffea Arab

These are definitely Coffee, as I said. Look the same as the one I bought years ago. Several coffee beans planted in one pot.

Christopher


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RE: Identification of houseplant advice please, poss. Coffea Arab

Definately Coffee.

Carlie, is the pic you posted, your plant or a stock pic? Toni


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RE: Identification of houseplant advice please, poss. Coffea Arab

It doesn't look like the one coffee plant I saw which had very shiny, stiff holly-like leaves. And it seems odd to me for you to find it in a supermarket, since it is kind of an exotic houseplant. But, I googled it and found several images that do look like your plant. So, you may have found something special. It's attractive, in any case.

Here is a link that might be useful: Photos of coffee arabica


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RE: Identification of houseplant advice please, poss. Coffea Arab

I bought my coffee plants, several in a 4 inch pot, in a supermarket several years ago, think it was like $2.99. Not odd at all; quite common now, really.

Christopher


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RE: Identification of houseplant advice please, poss. Coffea Arab

I too got my Coffee and Ardisia at the grocery store. They're no longer considered rare. Toni


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