What is this plant?

Janice York gjy at globalnet.co.uk
Sun Aug 6 10:43:21 EST 2000

The leaves are green, about the same darkness as an aspidistra.
The leaves grow in ones, at the end of the branches, with no obvious pattern
of growth between them. They are definitely not in a fan as with most palms.
It looks more like a dracaena marginata than a palm, but it has branches not
just a stem as with the dracaena.
It is leaves that are sprouting from the leaves, not plantlets, although I
do not know if a new plant would grow from the baby leaves, they do not look
like plantlets as for example Bryophyllum do.
I promise I have looked in every houseplant book I have found as well as
scouring the net and asking the royal Horticultural Society.  No luck

Stephen Jankalski <CEREOID at prodigy.net> wrote in message
news:8mjq7k$498s$1 at newssvr03-int.news.prodigy.com...
> From you description, It reads like some sort of palm. Forget the
> South African origin, its just a rouse.
> I suspect it is a common houseplant but from your description I cannot
> it. There are many important details you are omitting such as coloring and
> arrangement of the leaves, numbers of flowering parts, etc.
> Are you saying plantlets are actually sprouting from the leaves?
> You may want to look for it in an illustrated houseplant book. There are
> many in bookstores and in the libraries.
> "Janice York" <gjy at globalnet.co.uk> wrote in message
> news:8miufr$j1b$1 at gxsn.com...
> > The lady who gave me the plant told me she believed the species
> > in South Africa, she did not know what it is either.
> > The flowers are creamy coloured and tiny,   I have a picture of Begonia
> > lucerna - Spotted Angel Wing - and they look to me like those flowers,
> each
> > little flower is less than a millimetre across, each group of flowers is
> > about 0.5 cms across. The grow from a short stem about 2 inches long,
> > grapes but more spaced out. They are not particularly noticable. The
> general
> > shape of the plant reminds me a bit of succulents, sort of untidy.
> However,
> > the leaves are not at all fleshy. The leaves are thin, like Philodendron
> > wenlandii, Bird's Nest philodendron. But, there is no visible veining in
> the
> > leaves and the leaves do not end in a point but are rounded. The leaves
> that
> > have the baby leaves attached are between 4 and 7 cms long, the baby
> > grows from a stem which originates 0.5 cms from the end of then leaf
> > is then 'cupped' at the end. The leaves with no baby leaves attached are
> > much longer, up to 25 cms long, but I think that the baby leaves may
> > dropped off these leaves. It seems to prefer to be out of the sun but in
> > good light. Any ideas?
> >
> >
> >

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