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Name: Paul
Frisco TX (Zone 8a)
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pniksch
Mar 13, 2013 3:13 PM CST
This guy has never gotten any taller than 6"(for me). It hasn't flowered or produced leaves, just these stems, which are about the diameter of standard pencil lead. The plant shown here is about 3" tall, and growing in a 4" potThumb of 2013-03-13/pniksch/9fdbdb
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Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Mar 13, 2013 3:29 PM CST
it looks like a very small Euphorbia tirucali

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Euphorbia_tirucalli_Blanco...

http://houseplants.about.com/od/succulentsandcacti/p/PencilC...
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Mar 13, 2013 3:36 PM CST
pniksch: Do you live in Florida? If not Euphorbia tirucalli it might be a plant called Whisk Fern: Moa (Psilotum nudum)

I have it sprout up in some of my planters and it sorta looks like that when it first peeks out of the soil. I will go out and see if I have any showing that I can photograph.
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Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Mar 13, 2013 3:57 PM CST
Too Cool Lin....what a neat little plant...and totally unknown to me...UMMM That actually may be closer to right than the Euphorbia.
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Mar 13, 2013 4:01 PM CST
Ok, I only found one pot with a little piece of the Whisk Fern growing. I took a couple of pictures for comparison, one upright and another close up profile:
Thumb of 2013-03-13/plantladylin/00eccb Thumb of 2013-03-13/plantladylin/f18dd3

These photo's are from a couple of years ago when I dug one up and took a picture of the roots:
Thumb of 2013-03-13/plantladylin/dd2349 Thumb of 2013-03-13/plantladylin/4b9ba8
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Mar 13, 2013 4:05 PM CST
Hey there Moon! You may be correct with Euphorbia tirucalli; it looks like it could be either.

Here's the database entry with photo's of Euphorbia tirucalli (Pencil Cactus): Pencil Cactus (Euphorbia tirucalli)
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Name: Paul
Frisco TX (Zone 8a)
TX living, but CA dreamin'
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pniksch
Mar 13, 2013 5:11 PM CST
I think the whisk fern is correct. I believe it hitch hiked into my garden in a plant I bought from Hawaii. I live in Frisco Tx, but it spends the winter in my greenhouse with my other tropicals. The tips have a little 'paw'(my term) that I see in your reference pics. Thanks.
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Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Mar 13, 2013 5:14 PM CST
Hey Lin. Glad you saw this post. Good call.
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Mar 13, 2013 5:47 PM CST
Glad I saw this post! I really wasn't sure because it looks so much like the Euphorbia.

I found Whisk Ferns sprouting up in a couple of my container plants in 2008 and had no clue as to the identity. Someone on DG identified it for me and said that the Whisk Fern is a very primitive plant and has been around for thousands of years!
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Name: Carter Mayer
Houston, TX (Zone 9b)
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Carter
Mar 14, 2013 6:30 AM CST
I agree on whisk fern. It's definitely not E. tirucallii. I have one of these little ferns that hitched a ride in a plant someone gave me, as well.
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Mar 14, 2013 8:05 AM CST
I fully agree, now that I have seen the Whisk fern. Cool little plant. Good catch Lin. Thumbs up Is it in Plant Database?
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Mar 14, 2013 8:08 AM CST
Yep, Whisk Fern is in the database: Moa (Psilotum nudum)
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Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Mar 14, 2013 8:14 AM CST
DUH...my mind must be on vacation, Lin Rolling my eyes. You posted that way up with your ID...duh Smiling
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
Region: United States of America Morning Glories Region: Florida Houseplants Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Mar 14, 2013 8:38 AM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing I didn't realize I'd posted the link already ... but, my mind is always on vacation it seems anymore. Green Grin!
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Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Mar 14, 2013 8:46 AM CST
You are getting as bad as me Lin...it was only yesterday Rolling on the floor laughing Confused

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