Plant ID forum: Some type of ginger or ginger ally?

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Name: Carter Mayer
Houston, TX (Zone 9b)
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Carter
Oct 14, 2013 6:03 PM CST
Anyone have any idea what this is? I believe it's some sort of small ginger or ginger "ally". It was growing at our house when we bought it and I had to dig it up when we re-did the patio/deck. It grows from a very small ginger-like root. The leaves never get anymore than about a foot long or so, are slightly pleated, and have a very fine thin white edge. I haven't seen any kind of bloom at this point.

It's looking kind of ragged because we are just coming out of our blistering summer and I let it stay a little drier than it probably wanted.

Thanks!
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Oct 14, 2013 6:18 PM CST
It reminds me of Palm seedlings. We have Sabal Palm seedlings that are always popping up in the yard down here in Florida. I googled for images: http://www.google.com/search?q=sabal+palm+seedling+images&tb...
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Name: Carter Mayer
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Oct 14, 2013 6:28 PM CST
No, I know they aren't palm seedlings, but yes, I see what you are seeing when you say that. Like I said though, the it grows from a small/tiny very ginger-like rhizome.

Thanks, tho! :)
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plantladylin
Oct 14, 2013 6:39 PM CST
How about common ginger: Zingiber officinale? http://www.google.com/search?q=zingiber+officinale+seedling+...
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Name: David Paul
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DavidofDeLand
Oct 14, 2013 6:39 PM CST
I agree with Lin about the Palms. They pop up everywhere in pots and unexpected places around here. Smiling
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Name: Greene
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greene
Oct 14, 2013 6:48 PM CST
Can you possibly take a photo of this rhizome you are mentioning?
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Name: Danita
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Oct 14, 2013 6:52 PM CST
It reminds me of Bletilla striata, but I can't say for sure.
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Oct 14, 2013 6:54 PM CST
Danita: Thumbs up I lost my post but that's exactly the one I was about to suggest! I kept thinking Spathoglottis or Bletilla and the latter does have rhizome type root systems.
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DavidofDeLand
Oct 14, 2013 7:03 PM CST
Danita,

You are the best at plant identifying! I have those and all but forget about them unless blooming. Thumbs up

"By George, I think this gal spotted it out again!" I tip my hat to you.
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plantladylin
Oct 14, 2013 7:05 PM CST
I agree ... good job Danita!
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Name: Carter Mayer
Houston, TX (Zone 9b)
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Carter
Oct 14, 2013 7:44 PM CST
Danita, I think you may be on to something. After googling and looking at some pics of the rhizome, I think this may be it. Plus it fits - I know the previous owners were heavily into orchids. Maybe these are a leftover surprise! Thanks!!

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