My grandmother gave me a start of a plant several years ago, but never
knew what it was. It is small, doesn't have leaves, doesn't bloom,
and slowly spreads on its own. To make a new plant, just cut a few 1"
pieces off and stick them in soil.
I took some pictures to help identify it:
That's not an unknown houseplant. Its very common in cultivation.
Its Crassula muscosa (formerly known as Crassula lycopodioides), at one time
commonly called "Watch chain plant".
It does bloom but the flowers are rather small and inconspicuous but have a
I can't believe the really bad guesses that others have made that aren't
even remotely close.
I was waiting for you to post, Cereoid. Do you *enjoy* watching others
flail around? Or are you giving us all a fair chance at a correct
answer? I am *so* tickled when I can positively identify a 'mystery'
plant. Think it's happened twice. :-)
I gave you all a chance to go first but you kids let me down.
It should have been an easy one to ID but you were all stymied.
The closest was Skirmishd saying that they thought it might be a Crassula.
Very vague, especially when one considers that the genus is extremely
variable with over 200 species in it.
Identifying plants isn't as easy as you all seem to mistakenly believe it
is, isn't it?
Most people do very poorly at identifying succulent plants.
Don't know why but that's the way it is.
*I* certainly don't believe plant ID is easy. You, on the other hand,
are obviously an expert ('though very occasionally fallible). With the
bezillions (this is the certified scientific number) of plant genus
and species in the world, it's a wonder we can reliably ID a ginko!
Those of us who don't make an ongoing study of plants are gonna forget
what little we *do* know over time. I was once able to identify a
dozen different oaks and maples from their leaves. Now I'm thrilled to
be able to shout "American Sycamore" when a see a dry leaf. (I never
did very well on bark ID.)
Most people have little experience with succulents, not to mention
most of their (my) experience being with starts of plants called
"string of pearls" or "Indian something."
Outside of your specific expertise, your admonitions to provide
picures and/or to specify those details we once learned in biology
class -- opposite or alternate; lobed, smooth, or toothed; square or
not(?) stem -- are good advice to keep these queries from turning into
Sucking up? You betcha. A lot cheaper than buying a book (outrageous
expense) to have Cereoid on call.
Oh for heaven's sake, stop giving him more credence than he is due. Whatever
ability he may have at ID is no mitigation for his unfailingly smug
rudeness. I am more than willing to admit he has a remarkable ability (or so
it appears - he may just be blowing smoke) when it comes to cacti,
succulents or some tropicals - obviously his area of expertise - but notice
how he is not quite so quick on the draw when it comes to woodies or
perennials? He is not the slightest bit infallible and his sh*t stinks just
the rest of ours. Stop deifying the jerk.
Stop messin' things up, Cereoid, by top posting, but apart from that
... I'm not sure that there could be such a thing as a "wombat
If top posting offends you so much, I will continue to do it!!
This time I did it with my pinkies up in the air just to appease your
gentile fusspot obsessions with maintaining order out of nonsense, Geoffy.
So you have actually considered stuffing wombats? You do have too much time
on your hands. Do you call it the plunder down under?
by the way, would you be willing to share a piece of that succulent for me
to try? I love cacti and succulents. I have quite a few that struggle thru
my dry house winters but then flourish once spring gets here adn I move
everyone outside. (Geoff will attest to that one <g>)
if you do, you'll hafta answer me thru Squire's e-mail as my computer
refuses to speak to his right now and he's the expert in those matters.
madgardener willing to share a piece of her "Cherokee pipe mystery plant"
with you if you want a trade
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