Plant ID forum: Mystery plant no one has yet been able to identify

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Name: Georgene Gause
Stockton, Alabama (Gulf Coast
Georgy
Jul 11, 2016 8:47 AM CST
Around 1955 my mother dug a plant up from an elderly friends yard (house built in 1868) and transplanted it to her yard. She told me they were just growing "all around her yard"---so I don't think they were confined to a flowerbed. The plant comes up in both old and new sites each year without any care on our part. No one seems to know what plant this is, nor have they seen it before. I have shown it to a professional field botanist who specializes in native plants for our area, and he didn't recognize it nor know what it was. I would appreciate your help in finding the name and any other information about this plant. It is really very lovely and quite unique from other plants.

The plant grows straight up (quickly) and is a single stalk with leaves coming out of the stalk. It has reached a height of 15-20 FEET in our yard (taller than roof of house), but that is only if we have had a mild winter and it grows year round. Normally it will grow 6-10 feet in a summer. We live 36 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, so we have mild seasons (hot summers) with lots of rain. The plant will have a cluster of white flowers on the top in late summer/early fall. These flowers have a long neck below the petals. The flowers are followed by a beautiful cluster of red/green/black berry pods on the top. The weight of the berry/pods make the stalks arch over toward the ground.

Thank you for your help---I love a good mystery and hope you may have an answer.
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Name: Julia
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springcolor
Jul 11, 2016 8:54 AM CST
Sorry this didn't get answered maybe @Dave will move this over to the Plant ID forum. We have some really good people that ID plants. Looks like an interesting plant
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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Jul 11, 2016 9:03 AM CST
I feel I should know this. I've seen it before. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
Name: Julia
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springcolor
Jul 11, 2016 9:06 AM CST
OH dear thought this said June 11th. Was just posted today. *Blush*
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Name: Tara
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terrafirma
Jul 11, 2016 9:09 AM CST
Welcome! Georgy!
Could it be Clerodendrum trichotomum
aka. Harlequin Glorybower?
Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Jul 11, 2016 9:21 AM CST
I concur!! I knew it wasn't something wildly exotic, even though it looks that way. Nice job terrafirma! Thumbs up
Name: Susan
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stilldew
Jul 11, 2016 9:23 AM CST
deleted. Looks like it was ID'ed
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Name: Suzanne/Sue
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Calif_Sue
Jul 11, 2016 10:41 AM CST

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Even though it's been IDed, I moved it over to the Plant ID forum.
@springcolor or anyone can propose a move by clicking the "Suggest a Change' at the bottom of each thread.
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jul 11, 2016 10:49 AM CST
Yep, it sure looks like Peanut Butter Shrub (Clerodendrum trichotomum) and it's found in a couple of Alabama counties: http://www.floraofalabama.org/Plant.aspx?id=3674
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Name: josephine
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Hi Everybody!! Let us talk native.
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frostweed
Jul 11, 2016 12:52 PM CST
Wow!! that is an amazing plant, Congratulations. Smiling
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