Graptopetalum paraguayense?

Discussion in 'Cacti and Succulents' started by Bambi, Jul 26, 2007.

  1. Bambi

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    This plant was a recent purchase from the discount bin at a local garden centre. What can I say, I'm a sucker for cheap, sad plants.

    The lady there told me it's a "Ghost Plant", or Graptopetalum paraguayense. However, I looked it up on Google images and couldn't find one that had a weird thick stem like mine.

    I've never seen anything quite like this! Of all the rosette-forming succulents I've been hoarding lately, none of them look like this one. The stem is shaped like a pad (think Opuntia) and has a few branches.

    Is this just a hybrid? Even so, I just thought it was an interesting and unusual plant to share with everyone.
     
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    Very interesting growth pattern. It looks like an unusual mutation. It would be interesting if you could propagate it. I think you have the species correct.
     
  4. Michael F

    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Looks like a fasciated (a.k.a. cristate) cultivar - a mutation with malformed, often unusually thick and/or flattened stems. Normal plants have slenderer, round-sectioned stems as you found with your google search. Some more info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fasciation
     
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    Wow, that is really neat. I love the picture of the crested Euphorbia in the Wikipedia entry, really stunning!

    The plant had actually been broken off from it's stem but had already rooted. I re-potted that piece and am leaving the "stump" alone to see what happens. There were a few fallen leaves so hopefully those will have new growth as well. It would be great to have more mutants!
     

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