Plant ID forum: Mouse plant?????

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freddy0808
Dec 20, 2012 9:31 PM CST
Anyone know genus, species on this one?
It has little structures on the centers of the leaves(what are these?), and sends up new stems from the roots. Thanks for your help.Thumb of 2012-12-21/freddy0808/0c289e
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purpleinopp
Dec 30, 2012 1:08 PM CST
Can you show a pic from the side also?
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freddy0808
Dec 30, 2012 1:10 PM CST
Yes, thanks, I'll go take some better pictures. Stephanie

freddy0808
Dec 30, 2012 2:55 PM CST
Hi, purpleinopp,
Here is the best I could do with my camera. Some of the leaves have the structures on the bottoms of the leaves instead of the tops!
And here's a shot of the base of the plant....
Thanks for your help on this one. StephanieThumb of 2012-12-30/freddy0808/ca3a27
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JRsbugs
Dec 30, 2012 4:57 PM CST
It's a long time since I came across this type of plant! With a bit of searching I found Ruscus hypoglossum ..

http://www.botgard.ucla.edu/html/botanytextbooks/generalbota...

There's more than one species, Ruscus microglossus looks close.

http://www.plantsystematics.org/imgs/robbin/r/Ruscaceae_Rusc...

Others are similar!

http://www.plantthis.co.nz/plant-search.asp?searchStr=Ruscus



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eclayne
Dec 30, 2012 5:21 PM CST

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So that is an inflorescence but arising from a branch that looks like a leaf. Amazing! Fantastic job Janet and great links.
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plantladylin
Dec 30, 2012 7:49 PM CST
Looks like Janet has identified this one. I found a similar one in the ATP database:

Butcher's Broom (Ruscus hypoglossum)
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freddy0808
Dec 30, 2012 8:36 PM CST
Wow!!!! Thanks to all of you. I'd never seen anything like it, though it seems like it should be a nice plant. The lady that I got it from at the church plant sale said she had a nice, full pot of it. I'm looking forward to seeing what my rather ratty pieces will turn into. Thanks again, now I can sleep at night! Stephanie
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wcgypsy
Dec 31, 2012 10:10 AM CST
Interesting...I have ruscus aculeata which is very tough and apparently has a long life as it has sat neglected beneath a tree for years. R.aculeata has short, stiff leaves terminating in a sharp 'spine'. It also gets the inflorescense and red berry. I have, in the past, used it to make wreaths. Very stiff habit which dries to a nice tan. The wreaths last for years.....however, it's quite prickly to handle.
I could be wrong...
and.....
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JRsbugs
Dec 31, 2012 12:11 PM CST
Now I know where Sarcococca ruscifolia got it's species epithet from! I have photos of that so I should put them in the database.
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purpleinopp
Jan 3, 2013 9:05 AM CST
Freddy, I LOVE this plant, it's so unusual and vigorous looking! It's somewhat similar to Callisia fragrans, from what I can see in your pics (which are excellent, btw - I just had no idea what it is!)
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