Cactus of sorts.

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  1. ReddRubyyDoo

    ReddRubyyDoo Member

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    It is a soft cactus (no thorns). It grows close to about 1 foot high, then it starts growing down and makes sprouts.

    (only grows inside, direct light)

    The flower pods get huge! And one plant can make up to 20 pods.
    The flower itself when fully opened looks close to a starfish. With brightly colored orange and yellow in it.

    I will snap a picture of it, and post it. It has no pods on it as I type this. I will post a picture of it when it has pods & the most "wow" flower I have ever seen.

    Sorry for the lame description, though this plant was given to me about 6 years ago from a sweet old woman in her 90's. She called it "STARFISH CACTUS"

    I have NOT ever seen another one like this!

    Once again, thank you for your help.
     
  2. tillandsia

    tillandsia Well-Known Member

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    It is probably a Stapelia. Do a google image search to find one that looks like yours. (There are several species.) It is in the milkweed family, and is succulent, but it is not a cactus!
     

  3. ReddRubyyDoo

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    OMY!
    Yes that is it!
    http://www.desert-tropicals.com/Plants/Asclepiadaceae/Stapelia_gigantea.html

    THANKS SO MUCH! Now after reading about it, watch it die! (wink)
    I have made so many starts off of this plant for other people.


    I have another question on another plant given to me by the same lady.....

    It grows like a "Corn Plant" (household name) BUT- where the leaves come out, it "sprouts like an airplane plant" then on and on and on again.

    It has a name of "Old Man Bones" and it is huge!

    NOTE: It is NOT Old Man's Bones Sedum (Sedum globosum). This grows just like a "Corn Plant" It is NOT a bush. (mine is about 6 feet and growing)
     
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    Can you post a picture of your "corn plant"?
     
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    I wonder if it's not one of the Dracaena's. Just found on the same site as above. Dracaena Fragrans.
     
  6. ReddRubyyDoo

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    Icky pictures. I will TRY to get better ones if needed.

    If you look closely, you can see two sprouts, then you can see the bigger one on the bottom of the plant.
    This is one of my starter plants.

    No, Its not the Dracaena Fragrans. This one grows out of where the leaves conect to the main stem. Like a spiderplant, or aka: airplane plant.

    Thank you all so very much!

    p.s. I am not seeing my pictures posted on preview. I hope they show up on main post.
     
  7. ReddRubyyDoo

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    As soon as anyone gets ahold of me on how to upload my pictures (i did the one down below) I cant post them.

    I am willing to email them to anyone.

    Sorry for lack of knowledge on this website. Im a newbie.
     
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    Many corn plants and even different types of Dracaenas are grown on a long trunk like stem. As the plant grows bigger they are quite often cut off at about one, two, or three feet and a little plant is allowed to grow on from there. The stems may be several inches thick with the plant leaves only growing off to one side on the top.
     
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    Congratulations on successfully posting your pictures!
    And that lovely plant is actually a vanilla orchid, Vanilla planifolia :)
     
  11. ReddRubyyDoo

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    Are you sure?
    I did a google search on that "Vanilla planifolia " and yes it does bloom (not very often though, maybe every 3 years?) But I have never seen those "seed pods" on it before.....As you can see, I have to tie it up to a stake to keep the sucker up.

    And it also does not grow little "roots" to hold to things, like an Orchid.

    This plant has me at a lost.

    OH! just wait till I get more pictures of my other weird plants this lady gave me. Im making this oh such fun, huh? (wink)
     
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    Instructions for getting pictures in your forum posts:
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    Oops! :shrug:
    I looked again at your picture and at my Vanilla plant.
    Did some more googling and I think it is Callisia fragrans, in the Commelinaceae.

    http://www.washjeff.edu/greenhouse/Cfragrans/

    Sorry for the misidentification!
    Sounds like you have a lot of interesting plants. I would love to see more of them.
     
  15. ReddRubyyDoo

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    YES! YES! YES!

    That is it! (big smile!) :)

    You are so awesome!!!

    I will post more pics on the other weird ones.

    Oh this is the best website, I have found!!

    ^5 to you! :) :) :)