What's This Then?

Discussion in 'Plants and Biodiversity Stumpers' started by Chungii V, Dec 28, 2008.

  1. Chungii V

    Chungii V Active Member

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    My first stumper for you. I don't know how easy it will be but here it is:
     

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    lorax Rising Contributor 10 Years

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    An extreme closeup of a leaf?
     
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    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    As to what it represents, I've no idea -- but in terms of morphology, I'd guess (in order): fruit - bark - leaf.
     
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    Yes leaf. The texture could be mistaken for that of a reptile.......
     
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    And the close up is not as extreme as it appears!
     
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    Can't think of it's name at moment but that cactus plant with usually bright pink bell like flowers. Found a pic but they are calling it a thanksgiving cactus. Another mob are saying Christmas cactus Aghhhh!!!!!!!!!! Not proper name. Old name Zygocactus or one of those type of flowering cacti types
    Liz
     
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    Schlumbergera?

    Kinda makes me think of prickly pear---y'know, the edible kind that are sold in grocery stores.
     
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    No, It's not a Schlumbegera nor is it a cactus.
     
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    Green tree python, Morelia viridis.
     
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    No it's definitely a plant.
     
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    Dendrocnide moroides.
     
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    No, it's not from Australia. I'll show a little more .
     

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    Victoria waterlily leaf?
     
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    No, It's not a water plant or a shrub, it's an understory plant. It comes from South Africa and again the texture of the leaf is said to resemble a large reptile....
     
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    An Aroid?
     
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    That's it Microsorum musifolium 'CROCODYLLUS' or Crocodile Fern.
    This fern originates from South Africa and is an excellent indoor plant. It's very tolerable of minimal watering and low light conditions. Unlike other ferns it does not need to be watered every day nor kept constantly moist (which makes it a perfect plant for me:})
    It was the amazing texture that grabbed my attention and, of course, I had to have one. It's not very common in our region just another one of those things I've collected along my way.
     

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    Thank you for the clue Chungii. I love ferns... never come across this one before.
     
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    Way to go, Luddite! You rock!
     
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    Is this related to the birds nest ferns we have here that usually grow high up in trees but down south we keep in pots or fern gardens?

    Liz
     
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    This is what I could find thanks to 'The Taxonomicon' website:

    Bird's nest ferns (Asplenium):
    Class - Polypodiopsida
    Order - Polypodiales
    Family - Aspleniaceae

    Croc Fern (Microsorum):
    Class - Polypodiopsida
    Order - Polypodiales
    Family - Polypodiaceae

    So yes you could say their closely related. We grow the birds nest in ground and pots up here too, often used as indoor and shade house plants.
     
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    Very cool, neat plant!
     

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