Need help with plant ID

Discussion in 'Food & Cooking' started by nancya, Nov 15, 2001.

  1. nancya

    nancya

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    A friend gave me this plant.... It starts with a round potato looking lump that puts out a shoot, whether or not it is in dirt. If you stick it in dirt, it grows great big, ivy like leaves. And it grows fast. I have measured it at up to 6 inches per day.

    It sends shoots off it's long tendrils, winds it's way through the mini-blinds, like and ivy. The leaves are really huge though. Heck, I should take a picture of it...

    At any rate, it is now growing those bulb things along the tendrils and I imagine that is the way it reproduces.

    Anyone have any ideas? I think it was from Florida.
     
  2. cape chef

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    Nancya,

    At first I was thinking forced paper whites,
    But as I read on thats can't be it.

    any indication of flowering yet?
    That might help me research this for you
    cc
     
  3. suzanne

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    Even though I tend to have a black thumb (I unintentionally kill any plant I get), I'll take a stab based on previous experience: sound like a Jerusalem Artichoke (also known as Sunchoke). I just remember that back when I still used to try to grow plants, I put one in a milk-carton with dirt, and in about 3 days it was bumping the ceiling. And jerusalem artichokes DO look sort of potato-y. Small potatoes, that is.

    BTW: there's a new book of short stories out, by a writer named (I think) Jim Crace, titled The Devil's Larder. Jerusalem artichokes play a role in one of the stories -- all of which are rather bizarre.
     
  4. cape chef

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    Nancya,

    I think suzanne has something here.

    I looked it up in some of my books and it sounds similar to what you describes.
    My Mother in Law is a horniculturist so I will also run it by her,
    Thanks Suzanne
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  5. athenaeus

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    If it is jerusalem Artichokes they need a lot of heat.
    I have a couple in my Jungle. Maybe I shall take a picture of them to post it to you Nancy.


    "BTW: there's a new book of short stories out, by a writer named (I think) Jim Crace, titled The Devil's Larder. Jerusalem artichokes play a role in one of the stories -- all of which are rather bizarre".


    Dear Suzanne. What's this?
     
  6. athenaeus

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    If it is jerusalem Artichokes they need a lot of heat.
    I have a couple in my Jungle. Maybe I shall take a picture of them to post it to you Nancy.


    "BTW: there's a new book of short stories out, by a writer named (I think) Jim Crace, titled The Devil's Larder. Jerusalem artichokes play a role in one of the stories -- all of which are rather bizarre".


    Dear Suzanne. What's this?
     
  7. suzanne

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    Athenaeus: I'll put up information about that book on the board on "The Bookshelf."
     
  8. henry

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    Do the leaves have a dark purple color?

    I'm thinking ornamental sweet potato vine.


    good luck,
    H.
     
  9. nancya

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    Thanks for the input...I went and searched on Jerusalem Artichokes, and nope...that's not it.

    The leaves are big and heart shaped. Kind of a medium green. No purple.

    I will take my camera to the office tomorrow and take a stab at a photograph.

    Oops, and no flowers.
     
  10. nancya

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    I took some not great photos of the plant in question, keep in mind that it has wound it's way through the mini blinds and is a little hard to photograph.

    It looks a little like a large philodedron in the pictures. Janet tells me that one day, it'll just die - no warning. It's got a couple yellow leaves but I'm hoping it lives til it's babies are ready to plant.
     
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    Apparently, one can only do one attachment per post...so here is another picture. I recognize the mother-in-law's tongue, so don't worry about that one...
     
  12. athenaeus

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    Well Nancy.

    I think that it's potato. I have an identical in my office and mine is potato :rolleyes:
     
  13. nancya

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    Well, Athenaeus, I can guarentee it's not a potato as I know them...I sure wouldn't want to eat that lump.

    But I wonder if it could be in the potato family?
     
  14. mudbug

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    Try posting your question here:

    Name that Plant!

    I'm sure if you describe it well enough, someone will know for sure. If you can take a picture of it, you can upload it there when you post your question and I would bet someone would definitely know.

    Good luck.
     
  15. nancya

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    Thanks for the link cchiu - I finally got around to posting it there. Athenaeus gets a high five for placing it in the potato family.

    Nancy