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Can you identify this houseplant?

Postby Jorpho » Thu Jan 12, 2017 5:24 am UTC

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It sure is entertaining. I've flipped through some lists and its identity eludes me. Any ideas?

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Re: Can you identify this houseplant?

Postby suffer-cait » Thu Jan 12, 2017 5:45 am UTC

All houseplants are ficuses. Fici?
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Re: Can you identify this houseplant?

Postby Deva » Thu Jan 12, 2017 6:18 am UTC

Found something similar…probably.
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Appeared in a thread asking about its identity. Suggested Strawberry Begonia.

Shrugs. Feels unconvinced by searching that. Might look different with age, condition, and time of year. (Never inherited a love of plants.)
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Re: Can you identify this houseplant?

Postby Liri » Thu Jan 12, 2017 2:27 pm UTC

There are a shit-ton of begonia cultivars, I agree it's probably one of those. If it flowers for you it might be easier.
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Re: Can you identify this houseplant?

Postby ahammel » Thu Jan 12, 2017 2:37 pm UTC

It's hard to tell from the picture: are the leaves symmetrical or no? Asymmetric, cordate leaves would suggest begonia.

It'll be hard to do better than that without a flower.

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Re: Can you identify this houseplant?

Postby karhell » Thu Jan 12, 2017 2:40 pm UTC

Yup, that pointed-spiral leaf shape strongly suggests some kind of begonia. which one is left as an exercise for the reader (though it looks a bit like a hairier Begonia x erythrophylla).
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Re: Can you identify this houseplant?

Postby Weeks » Thu Jan 12, 2017 3:32 pm UTC

I think I saw that plant crossing the street a week ago, looked shady as hell
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Re: Can you identify this houseplant?

Postby Zohar » Thu Jan 12, 2017 3:35 pm UTC

Weeks wrote:I think I saw that plant crossing the street a week ago, looked shady as hell

That's super racist of you, Weeks. Just because it's green it's suddenly shady?
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Re: Can you identify this houseplant?

Postby poxic » Thu Jan 12, 2017 3:50 pm UTC

Begonias takin trees' jerbs

that hurt to type

i should probably take that as a sign
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Re: Can you identify this houseplant?

Postby Soupspoon » Thu Jan 12, 2017 3:52 pm UTC

Is it Keyser Söze?

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Re: Can you identify this houseplant?

Postby freezeblade » Thu Jan 12, 2017 4:46 pm UTC

Definitely a begonia, my folks grow and collect them. Pops is into the flowering tuberous ones, Ma likes the ones that look like what you're showing, which are in the Rex-Cultorum group. Nearly all have fibrous roots, and are hard to distinguish from one another, as far as exact cultivar go (except for a few, which have very prominent features, such as snail-shell shaped leaves).

Edit: could be a cultivar of Begonia obliqua
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Re: Can you identify this houseplant?

Postby Jorpho » Thu Jan 12, 2017 6:48 pm UTC

Thank you for the suggestions. No flowers on this one. It never even occurred to me that it could flower.

The leaves are not particularly symmetrical. It seems to me that the most prominent feature is that the leaves are connected by their centers and not by an edge. The stems are also thick and spotted.

There's one here that looks pretty close.
http://forums.gardenweb.com/discussions ... sh-begonia

Also the "Tiger Kitten" here.
http://www.growingwithplants.com/2015/0 ... enial.html

I think Chantily Lace is the winner.
http://www.greenhouse.wueschner.org/chantilly.htm

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Re: Can you identify this houseplant?

Postby freezeblade » Thu Jan 12, 2017 10:22 pm UTC

Seems to be a possible variety or hybrid of Begonia bowerae. Hm. the more you know. Another really cool one of note is a Rex-begonia hybrid called "Begonia Escargot" http://www.finegardening.com/begonia-escargot
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