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    Anybody Know The Name Of This Plant???

    HELP!!!

    It's driving me nuts as I know it
    But for the life of me can't even come close to remembering it



    Flower


    There's more photos posted at~
    http://home-and-garden.webshots.com/...78442757sdusSm

    Thanx
    DC

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    That is a Dorstenia a family of succulents most concentrated in Africa, Madagascar and the Middle East but what species that is I couldn't say. I've never seen one with big leaves and a thin stem like that but that's what their female flowers look like. Dorstenia have two different flowers male & female they can be on the same plant but often at different times to avoid self pollination. As each seed develops & ripens on a female flower "pad" it will blast out of the ovary up to several feet in the small species and several meters in Dorstenia gigas.

    The flowers are differently shaped in many species as is much of the foliage. Do a google on Dorstenia to see what I mean - this genus is very variable but the flowers always give it away even in their most extreme forms.
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    Thanx Swords

    Found it, it's Dorstenia Turneraefolia

    Got it as a half dead stump about 2 years ago, but the writing washed off the tag
    Was thinking the 1st name started with a T & was going nuts trying to find it

    I find it odd that it's considered a succulent as it likes it moist & in the shade
    But it's been growing good for me so I'm happy

    Thanx Again
    DC

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    There are I think 100 species or so of Dorstenia, some may be more succulent than others. I had one geophyte species who lived in pure dry gravel and I've been making my D. crispa and D. foetida live like that too but they are not liking it so I'll need to pot them in something a bit more water retaining.

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    I got it in a trade from someone a few years ago
    They weren't having any luck with it so they passed it along to me
    When I got it, it was a stump with one tiny leaf starting to form / I was happy to get it though because it was odd looking

    I keep it under a shelf in the back of my greenhouse with my other shade loving plants
    It's been doing good, but just finally started to take off this year

    I remember reading about it popping seeds all over the place
    That's why I was trying to look it up
    It doesn't seem to be making any

    Maybe I try to get another one
    They seem to be more available now then they were a few years ago

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