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What is this plant?

Posted by becklee 9 (My Page) on
Tue, Dec 17, 13 at 0:08

Hi. I started this from a cutting from a neighbor's yard. The longest green segments are about 2-2.5 cm long. Anyone know what this is?


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RE: What is this plant?

Could it be some Delosperma? Only that would be an outdoor plant. Could explain the leggy stems though.

Bye, Lin


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RE: What is this plant?

Does look like my hardy 'ice plant', agree.


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RE: What is this plant?

It does resemble delosperma a bit, but the green bits on my mystery plant are rounded at the tips and can easily bend without breaking. It has always been kept outdoors and just brought in about a day ago--the woody, hairy stems have always been there. Here is a close-up pic. Thanks everyone for taking a look.


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RE: What is this plant?

Consider this hairy-stemmed succulent, Mesembryanthemum hispida -- if not as an ID for your plant, then as a relative. It has the cylindrical leaves and tan, hairy stems.
http://luirig.altervista.org/pics/index4.php?search=Mesembryanthemum+hispidum&page=1

There seem to be a bunch of synonyms, including Drosanthemum hispidum, Drosanthemum floribundum, Mesembryanthemum floribundum, Rosea ice plant, Desert ice plant, and I don't remember what-all.

http://www.desert-tropicals.com/Plants/Aizoaceae/Drosanthemum_hispidum.html

The description is a bit different here, but "cylindrical, slightly curved leaves" are mentioned. Unfortunately there isn't a close-up photo.
http://mattslandscape.com/detail/?plant_name=Drosanthemum floribundum rosea iceplant

Another page:
http://www.deeproot.co.uk/pbo/plantdetail.php?plantname=Drosanthemum+hispidum

Does your plant flower? You didn't mention flowers. If no flowers, perhaps it's not happy. A bit more water, some fertilizer? Will that change the length of the stem nodes, the width of the leaves?

Or perhaps your plant is a very old variety -- maybe an original, wild species -- passed down from neighbor to neighbor to relative for who knows how long -- and what we find online are garden varieties which have been bred for lusher foliage.

This post was edited by missingtheobvious on Wed, Dec 18, 13 at 14:51


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RE: What is this plant?

Thanks, missing! I think it may be that or definitely related. I've never seen it flower when I've grown it before or the few times I've come across it. When I fertilize and water, the leaves get a little bigger. The leaves plump up like crazy (chopstick diameter and 2 inches long max) when I foliar feed.

Really appreciate the help. I may buy the plant so that I can compare.
Cheers!


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