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by emmarose on August 17, 2005 05:31 PM
First post - hope you can help!!

The leaves look to be similar to ficus elastica but I'm not sure if thats what it is as its a very viney, tall plant.

My cousin gave me the plant last year - to start with it appeared quite small but this is because it was in a small pot (she'd got it for a mothers day present from the kids a few years previously and it was still in the same pot) and the vines had been growing around each other as they got longer. She'd had it four years at this stage and she said that a small white flower appears on it every few years. The leaves on the inside vines were quite yellow and in poor condition, presumably due to where sunlight couldn't get through to them.

I untangled it and the length of the vines was unbelievable. I repotted it into a larger pot, and wound them round and up a large moss stick. A lot of leaves dropped off when it got moved but after leaving it in its new location, its really coming along. Since doing this, the condition of the plant has improved dramatically and the leaves are a lovely, healthy, glossy green. There's also a lot of new leaves coming out.

My mother thinks it could belong to the philadendron family but I'm not sure - I've scoured websites galore but can't seem to find a picture of it.

Any idea?

Thanks,

em

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by Dixie Angel on August 17, 2005 07:28 PM
My first thought was a philodendron, too. It may be a pothos, though. Have you any pictures to share? Are there any cream-colored spots in the leaves?

Dianna

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by emmarose on August 17, 2005 08:50 PM
No - the leaves are dark green, glossy, firm and oval in shape.

I don't have any pics at the moment, and it'll be the weekend after next before I can get my hands on some, but i'll attach them when I get them.

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by weezie13 on August 17, 2005 09:16 PM
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I don't have any pics at the moment, and it'll be the weekend after next before I can get my hands on some, but i'll attach them when I get them.
We'll be waiting......
We LOVE Mystery Plants...

And it's very nice to meet you Emmarose...
***I have lot's of relatives over there..
never got to meet any of them, but I hear it's beautiful country there***

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by Will Creed on August 20, 2005 07:48 AM
Perhaps it is a Jasmine.
by emmarose on August 28, 2005 10:04 PM
Right then, never posted an image this way before, hope it works (sorry if it doesn't!)

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by emmarose on August 28, 2005 10:07 PM
http://www.imagestation.com/album/?id=2121637626

[dunno]

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by Jiffymouse on August 29, 2005 12:21 AM
looks like a heartleave philodendron. click here for a picture from the texas a&m plant picture pages. this may just be your plant.
by emmarose on August 29, 2005 04:29 PM
I don't think it is a heartleave philadendron (sorry to be so awkward!). We have one here in the office, and the leaves on my plant seem to be a lot 'sturdier', if that makes sense.

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hope this link works now - by hook or by crook, i'll get the hang of this photo lark! [Big Grin]

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by emmarose on August 29, 2005 04:29 PM
by weezie13 on August 29, 2005 08:08 PM
Has it ever flowered Emma???

Just curious what they look like??

Reminds me of some type of Hoya????
But I'm not too big into house plants???

Hopin' some others will come thru...

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Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
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by emmarose on August 29, 2005 08:18 PM
Apparently it flowered once. They were little white flowers - although I didn't see them as my cousin had the plant at the time. I had a surf recently and found a picture of a hoya ariadna - the leaves look very similar but the flower on the h.ariadna is red.

Oh well, will keep looking. Thanks all of you for your posts and help to date, appreciate it!

And as for those sodding photos - don't know why the image tag isn't working, hopefully you can access through the link.

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by weezie13 on August 29, 2005 08:20 PM
There are Hoya's with white flowers,
we had one... and I think the leaf shape
is the same for the white flowered one...

We'll see if some others will pass thru...
We'll keep on it for you!!!!

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by weezie13 on August 29, 2005 08:21 PM
Here's a quick picture of one with
a white flower..
Hoya w/ white flower

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by emmarose on August 29, 2005 10:35 PM
I think thats it! My cousin can't remember what the flower was like, just that it was white, but the leaves and the vines are pretty much identical.

Well - some great big mucky pints of the black stuff will be drunk in your honour - thanks all for the help!

em

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by weezie13 on August 29, 2005 10:43 PM
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Well - some great big mucky pints of the black stuff will be drunk in your honour
Heyyyyyy, [muggs] you might be a relative of mine [muggs] !!!
Heheheeheee!!!
(I have a bunch I never even got to meet yet)

Anyways, glad to have helped...

If it flowers, will you take another picture
and post it here and we'll make double sure...
That would be fantastic if you did!!!!
Thanks a bunch..

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by weezie13 on August 29, 2005 10:47 PM
A tell tale sign it's a hoya is
*at least for the white one we
had a ba~zillion years ago*
was the flower dripped sticky stuff
if I remember correctly..
Wasn't really bad, but just remember it dripping
something...
The flower was very pretty though..

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by Bids on August 30, 2005 01:00 AM
Emmarose, that's definately a hoya carnosa or waxflower. It flowers in summer. I have them growing indoors and out. Just remember never to cut of spent flower buds as it flowers from the same buds the following summer.
The flowers have a very strong scent(i call it an odour), in the evenings....it took me ages to figure out where that wierd smell was coming from.
P.S. It's said it's difficult to get cuttings from this plant! Not at all. Just stick in water for a couple of weeks and viola!!
Hope this was of use to you.

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by emmarose on August 30, 2005 04:48 PM
[clappy]

Thanks a million all!

Will definitely stick around here in future, this website's great - talk to you all soon!

Em

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