Plant ID forum: Kalanchoe thyrsiflora perhaps?

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Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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needrain
Jun 27, 2014 4:21 PM CST
I bought this plant at Wal-Mart on impulse and it had no label of any kind. I've been looking here on ATP and elsewhere on the net trying to identify what it might be. I think it might be either K. thyrsiflora or possibly K. luciae. Does that look right to anyone? Or not? The mature leaves on mine are 6" out from the stem and 6" across at the widest point. Thanks.
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jun 28, 2014 9:37 AM CST
Nice score from Wal-Mart! It looks like Paddle Plant (Kalanchoe tetraphylla) to me.
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Name: Donald
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needrain
Jun 28, 2014 9:53 AM CST
Thank you Lin. I found your photo in ATP on Google just now Smiling . The images of K. thyrsiflora, luciae and now tetraphylla on Google all look the same to me. Is there something in their growth that distinguishes between them that I'm not seeing in the photos? Aside from blooms, of course.

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plantladylin
Jun 28, 2014 12:54 PM CST
I'm not sure what the difference is. We only have one photo in the database of K. thyrsiflora:


Hopefully someone with more knowledge about Kalanchoes will pop in and give us some advice.
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Name: Tiffany
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purpleinopp
Jul 4, 2014 7:25 AM CST
This is helpful, I think:
http://www.smgrowers.com/info/kalanchoeluciae.asp

Doubtful it would be the more unusual K. tetraphylla, having come from WM.
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Name: Donald
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needrain
Jul 4, 2014 8:36 AM CST
Thanks Tiffany,

Guess I'll wait and see if the leaves get more saturated with red this winter. For now, only older growth leaves are tinged rosy and all the new ones are chalky gray. Maybe it will bloom and give more information.
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SongofJoy
Jul 4, 2014 9:07 AM CST
I have gotten both of those varieties at our Walmart. Smiling

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Name: Donald
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needrain
Oct 28, 2014 11:52 AM CST
I think this will probably prove to be K. luciae and I'm waiting to see if the blooms will verify it or not. If it ever blooms. It's been amazing. From what was essentially a blowzy cabbage sized plant, it's now at 5'3" from the top of the pot or 5'9" from the bottom of the pot to the tip of the plant. However, those buds just keep growing and growing without any sign of them blooming anytime soon.
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purpleinopp
Oct 28, 2014 1:40 PM CST
Oh wow! It's fantastic, Donald!
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Name: Donald
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needrain
Nov 6, 2014 11:14 AM CST
It finally opened blooms, such as they are. Still growing, but not as fast. At 5'10" today. Here's the top portion and, as best I could, some closeups of the blooms. I think it's K. luciae. Does anyone have an alternative to that based on these blooms?
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