Cactus and Succulents forum: Please help it to ID this incredible plant.

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_o_megatiron
May 27, 2019 4:42 PM CST
Hello,

I am new here. In fact I've just just made an account in the hope somebody will help me identify it. It looks like a succulent but it was wet, living near the forest floor just after some heavy rain or mudslides happened. This strange rhizome ive found near the Gradašnica pecina cave in Serbia not far from the Danube. It doesn't have any color no chlorophyll whatsoever. This is why of made me think of a parasitic plant although I didn't gane any successful identifying it. Parasitic plants are are highly modified or derived as much as I know. Any information would be highly appreciated. Looks completly alien to me. Would like to care for it, now that it's stuck with me.
Thanks in advance for your knowledge and help. Angel


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mcvansoest
May 27, 2019 10:43 PM CST
You sure it is a plant and not some strange mushroom/fungus?
It is what it is!
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kniphofia
May 27, 2019 11:07 PM CST
Shame you had to collect it and not just photograph and leave in situ.
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skopjecollection
May 28, 2019 12:30 AM CST
Have you tried looking up the native plants in that area? Ones with rhizomes/oddities?
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johnsonm08
May 28, 2019 4:29 AM CST
oxalis rhizome? Do they grow wild there?
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skopjecollection
May 28, 2019 8:09 AM CST
Some garden species are somewhat found in wholesale....
but dont know if they grow wild...
discarded maybe?

_o_megatiron
May 29, 2019 1:21 AM CST
Thanks all for your replies!
I try to cultivate it in two different pots, that was one reason I've posted it here in the hope I'll get illuminated about ways to care of it..

_o_megatiron
May 29, 2019 1:25 AM CST
kniphofia said:Shame you had to collect it and not just photograph and leave in situ.


True you're right. I realized my mistake but was already home.. This being was stuck with me. It attracted me becose it was so unusual, it's oddness was spellbinding.. Conquered me instantly. That said I am not a plant hunter or plant collector. I normally never do this or try to transplant only common plants or species that are cosmopolitan and well represented.. Now it's here. It had two bulbs so I'll try against all odds to care for it if I can and not let it die.
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_o_megatiron
May 29, 2019 1:29 AM CST
mcvansoest said:You sure it is a plant and not some strange mushroom/fungus?


Feels like a plant, doesn't 'feel' like a fungus at all. Several people made this observation regarding the relation to fungi.
It's crunchy somehow, Topinambur - like consistency. Its scales are all fleshy hard and doesn't have a strong smell.. Made me think of asparagus - artificially underground growing plant. It has all the branched ends growing with tiny sprouts.
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_o_megatiron
May 29, 2019 1:35 AM CST
skopjecollection said:Some garden species are somewhat found in wholesale....
but dont know if they grow wild...
discarded maybe?

Yeah looks like oxalis, defintely is growing there, but somehow lacks the threads (roots), has only this branched white color the scales very defined not cone like as in oxalis.
Will try and see if it sprouts something else.
Discarded? Don't think so. Maybe the water (there were heavy rains) carried or uprooted it from somewhere nearby. It was amongst wood bits and stones in a small ravine, middle of the forest, with trees growing on both sides above and ferns next by on the steep sides.
Thanks anyway, oxalis seems closer than anything else.

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_o_megatiron
May 29, 2019 1:37 AM CST
skopjecollection said:Have you tried looking up the native plants in that area? Ones with rhizomes/oddities?


Not really. I know the Miroc /Derdap area (on both sides of Danube) is full of oddities and has high endemism rate but my knowledge of Serbian is very very limited, not sure i can surf the literature on the subject.. Will try to search for more on local taxonomy.
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skopjecollection
May 29, 2019 2:12 AM CST
This is oxalis triangularis tubers:
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The discoloration may be a part of the reason why you found it where it was:
The region- most of balkans, has been experience wet weather and high rainfall as of recent.
It may have been uprooted, and left to rot. The latter may be the case of the color.

_o_megatiron
May 29, 2019 2:32 AM CST
skopjecollection said:This is oxalis triangularis tubers:
The discoloration may be a part of the reason why you found it where it was:
The region- most of balkans, has been experience wet weather and high rainfall as of recent.
It may have been uprooted, and left to rot. The latter may be the case of the color.


True, discoloration was the unusual part for me. It had bits of earth smeared on it, so clearly it became uprooted. Yeah looked very much like another one with several branches growing from a central part.

True lots of rain, very humid lately there are and lots of mushroom growing around that forest.. Also lots of flowers in bloom.

Thanks again for putting me on the right trail. If oxalis, then it's not hard to care for it. Have several oxalis including the triangularis on my balcony + a wild one from Romanian countryside, so it wouldn't be difficult to care for it. Have never quite seen / noticed their rhizomes.
Phew such an alien encounter Thank You!

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