Plant ID forum→ID on Square Stemmed Non-Woody Plant

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sjanacarter
Jun 5, 2020 7:37 AM CST
I've been watching this specimen growing on the west corner of the property for about a year. It's growing very quickly despite little water.

The plant has leaves that are simple, entire and oppositely arranged. The growing tips are red and the stems are square. As of now the entire plant is still herbaceous, but I suspect it could get woody as it ages. It's approximately 3' now and growing actively.
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porkpal
Jun 5, 2020 7:46 AM CST
A picture of the whole plant would help.
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Calsurf73
Jun 5, 2020 8:01 AM CST
I agree seeing the entire plant as is would be helpful.
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sjanacarter
Jun 5, 2020 8:42 AM CST
I'll post one in a few! Thank you everyone
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sjanacarter
Jun 5, 2020 10:06 AM CST
Here's a few shots.


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gardengus
Jun 5, 2020 10:24 AM CST
Looks like privet ? but I don't know if it has square stem Shrug!
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gardengus
Jun 5, 2020 10:30 AM CST
Ok with some further research don't think so the stems would be harry .

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KellyFW
Jun 5, 2020 11:10 AM CST
The last 2 images look like the plant, as a whole, has an alternate leaf pattern. Can you tell if it is alternate or is that just an appearance due to angle and leaf loss? Sometimes leaves that are alternate will coincidentally align as opposite.
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Silversurfer
Jun 5, 2020 11:16 AM CST
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sjanacarter
Jun 5, 2020 11:50 AM CST
KellyFW said:The last 2 images look like the plant, as a whole, has an alternate leaf pattern. Can you tell if it is alternate or is that just an appearance due to angle and leaf loss? Sometimes leaves that are alternate will coincidentally align as opposite.


With closer inspection, the entire plant seems primarily oppositely arranged, I think the photo distorts it a little. However, a few branches look alternate?


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Silversurfer
Jun 5, 2020 4:03 PM CST
This was bugging me..hence my dither earlier.
I was sure I recognised the leaves with red new growth...struggled with square stem.
It is a shrub...eventually a tree.
Think I have got it.
Lagerostromia indica...
If you look carefully the young stem does have very narrow wings.

https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/pl...

quote from above link...scroll down.
"Stem Description:
Stems are slender, often almost squarish, with prominent wings. Older stems are smooth and exfoliating."

Look closely at your 1st pic in fingers...small wings visible.
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