Plant ID forum: Succulent ID

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Name: raccoon
Palm Desert Sunset Zone 11/13 (Zone 9b)
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raccoon_city
Dec 17, 2019 7:10 PM CST
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Can anyone help me ID this succulent?
I think it's a shrub.
The branches are droopy, and the leaves are very small.
The leaves kinda remind me of Euphorbia tirucalli, so it may be a relative.
Thanks in advance!
Name: Emerson
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Emerson_Echeveria
Dec 17, 2019 7:37 PM CST
I agree that it appears to be a leggy Pencil Cactus/Fire Stick cactus, but I'm still a novice in this sector Grin
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plantladylin
Dec 17, 2019 8:33 PM CST
It does resemble Pencil Tree (Euphorbia tirucalli) but it also reminds me somewhat of Rhipsalis; we have many listed here in our database with photos: https://garden.org/plants/brow...
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Dec 17, 2019 8:40 PM CST
Euphorbia is easy to ID. FInd a branch you don't care too much about ( Rolling on the floor laughing ) and break it off. Euphorbia have white sap. You could probably poke it with a skewer and look for white drips.
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plantladylin
Dec 17, 2019 8:53 PM CST
LOL, I forgot about the white sap in Euphorbia's ... just cut off a tiny tip of one of the stems and it it's a Euphorbia, it will exude the white sap. Another Euphorbia's for comparison: Slipper Plant (Euphorbia lomelii)
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Baja_Costero
Dec 17, 2019 9:22 PM CST
Be careful not to touch the sap, if you do have a Euphorbia. It can be a potent irritant and you especially don't want to get it in your eyes. So don't break a stem, cut it instead (much more control).

The plant in the picture has knobby stems which would not appear to be a match for either of the Euphorbias mentioned. I suspect it is a cactus.
Name: Stefan
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skopjecollection
Dec 17, 2019 11:20 PM CST
Euphorbia stenoclada
Name: raccoon
Palm Desert Sunset Zone 11/13 (Zone 9b)
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raccoon_city
Dec 18, 2019 2:38 AM CST
I think it's a Euphorbia (tirucalli x stenoclada) a.k.a. Euphorbia 'Briar Patch'.
I'm not 100% positive, though.
Thank you everyone for your help so far.
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Name: Stefan
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skopjecollection
Dec 18, 2019 3:18 AM CST
That is also possible. I thought it was a etiolated stenoclada(sten. possess weird thorn like protrusions on the stem with tirucallii doesnt) because sten. is also very glaucous (i mean "silver thicket" is its common name) .
Name: Lin Vosbury
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plantladylin
Dec 18, 2019 8:03 AM CST
Thumbs up Here are our database links for those two:

Euphorbia (Euphorbia stenoclada subsp. stenoclada)
Silver Thicket (Euphorbia stenoclada)
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Name: Emerson
Canada (Zone 5b)
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Emerson_Echeveria
Dec 18, 2019 8:26 AM CST
Glad Baja mentioned it, be careful and use gloves, possibly protective eyewear if you do break or cut a branch because the sap is irritant from euphorbias, especially the firestick
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tarev
Dec 18, 2019 10:15 AM CST
That is a lovely plant! If it is indeed some type of Euphorbia, it is a keeper for me, no thorny stuff, one less plant to stab me with! Smiling Would be nice to position it to as much sun you can give it, to see if it will improve its growth, make it more upright.

Btw, that soil looks too heavy and dense, hope you can improve that later on, try to make it grittier.
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Dec 18, 2019 11:02 AM CST
raccoon_city said:I think it's a Euphorbia (tirucalli x stenoclada) a.k.a. Euphorbia 'Briar Patch'.
I'm not 100% positive, though.
Thank you everyone for your help so far.


Does that mean you poked, cut or broke something to ensure it was a Euphorbia? Or playing guessing games?
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Name: Lin Vosbury
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plantladylin
Dec 18, 2019 1:22 PM CST
It does resemble 'Briar Patch':

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Name: raccoon
Palm Desert Sunset Zone 11/13 (Zone 9b)
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raccoon_city
Dec 18, 2019 3:00 PM CST
DaisyI said:
Does that mean you poked, cut or broke something to ensure it was a Euphorbia? Or playing guessing games?

I'm playing the guessing game.
Based on online pics, I believe it is the plant that I mentioned.
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Dec 18, 2019 3:13 PM CST
Don't guess. Poke it with a toothpick and draw some blood.
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Name: raccoon
Palm Desert Sunset Zone 11/13 (Zone 9b)
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raccoon_city
Dec 18, 2019 8:03 PM CST
Sorry for the delay.
Real life got in the way.
I poked the plant with a toothpick and white sap came out.
It is most likely a Euphorbia.
It is probably Euphorbia 'Briar Patch'.
I'm going to mark this thread as solved. Smiling
Thank You!
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Dec 18, 2019 8:25 PM CST
Thank You!
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