Plant ID forum: Help identifying this?

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Name: Bob
Clayton, NC (Zone 7b)
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DigginDirt
Jun 30, 2016 4:05 PM CST
I was given a small cutting of this about 30 years ago and was told it was a broad leaf cactus. It is woody rather than succulent, the leaves turn beautiful yellow/orange with pinkish red on the bottom when it is in full sun; it gets leggy without enough sun in the winter. The thorns are narrow and sharp (a lesson I repeatedly seem to have to learn first hand). It roots very easily from cuttings. I'm told it is native to Africa. Anyone know what it is? Thanks!!
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Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Jun 30, 2016 4:18 PM CST
Could it be a Pereskia? Although that one would not be native to Africa..
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plantladylin
Jun 30, 2016 5:40 PM CST
It looks a lot like Barbados Gooseberry (Pereskia aculeata)
More photos for comparison on this page: http://www.glasshouseworks.com/pereskia-aculeata-godseffiana
It's listed as an invasive species in Africa. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pereskia_aculeata



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Name: Bob
Clayton, NC (Zone 7b)
Ferns Dog Lover Cat Lover Region: North Carolina Garden Ideas: Level 1 Hummingbirder
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DigginDirt
Jun 30, 2016 8:01 PM CST
That looks like it! Thank you!
This one has never bloomed for me but the color of the leaves more than makes up for it. Now that I know what it is I can look at what it wants in order to bloom.

Again, thank you!

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