I posted over on the binaries.pictures.gardens but no response so far...
thought I'd try here too...
I bought this in 1972 as a tiny 89 cent pot plant and I have never seen
another one just like it... I think it is some kind of asparagus but not
any that I can identify.
I have never seen any flower or fruit on it - however 'insignificant'. I
have tried to divide it and nearly killed it.
It has appreciable thorns.
also a baby tree of some kind...?? About 10" tall - shot with a piece of
white paper behind to increase detail. Looks like some kind of pine or
This plant is very difficult to photograph - try this one for a flash
fill... I thought the back lighting showed the silhouette better...
I have tried putting it against a plain white wall to photograph it but
the shadows of the million tiny leaves make it even harder to distinguish.
Suggestions are welcome. And you have an excellent track record for
Why on earth would you think a silhouette would be any good for
This time try taking pictures with the curtains pulled down and close up so
one can actually see some detail.
A ruler in the pix for size comparison is a good idea too.
Don't believe it to be an Asparagus but it is still very nondescript from
Dr. House and I try our darnedest to be very good at diagnoses.
I put up a web page with rulers and close ups and all
never bloomed - or before someone says 'everything blooms' - I'll say I
have never seen any bloom or berry on this...
It is looking and sounding more and more bamboo-like all the time, since
although bamboo does flower, it only does so very rarely (in some
species, only every 100 years or so, after which the parent plant often
Definitely not a bamboo. The stems aren't articulated.
Its Asparagus (Protasparagus) falcatus. Its not one of the "fern" types
I recind my suggestion and concur! I only recollect seeing the fernier
types, and I guess Google was not my friend :-(
My thoughts are some sort of bamboo, but (a) it's hard to tell, because
the photo doesn't show the stem well at all; and (b) there are a
gazillion and one types of bamboo out there. Many species have thorns.
I don't think the little tree is a pine, which have needles attached to
the stem in fan-like clusters of 2-5 needles depending on species. Fir
needles are attached individually, and flatish. Spruce needles are
usually square in cross-section (except Norway spruce, which is triangular).
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