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Name: tk
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texaskitty111
Feb 23, 2014 11:08 PM CST
I found this plant near a creek on my property and transplanted a number of them to my yard. The elephant ear type leaves have mostly died back, but I did get a picture of the flower. Anyone know what it is?

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Feb 23, 2014 11:29 PM CST

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It certainly looks like a Colocasia @texaskitty111. When the leaves grow back we might even be able to tell which one. Beautiful inflorescence and lucky you to have found them.
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texaskitty111
Feb 23, 2014 11:35 PM CST
Thank you. I'll definitely take a pic once they start growing. Maybe I can make poi?
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Feb 23, 2014 11:43 PM CST

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Maybe!! Then you'd need to roast barbeque something to go with it. Green Grin!

Although likely, it may not be a C. esculenta variety from which poi is made. Other Colocasia species also have blooms that look like the ones in your photo.
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plantladylin
Feb 24, 2014 9:42 AM CST
It could be Elephant Ear (Colocasia esculenta) which is considered invasive in some areas, including Texas: http://www.texasinvasives.org/...

Another "Elephant Ear" found in Texas is one that is considered invasive here in Florida: Arrowleaf Elephant Ear (Xanthosoma sagittifolium) I find this one difficult to keep under control as it spreads by underground rhizomes. http://plants.usda.gov/core/pr...
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Name: tk
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texaskitty111
Feb 24, 2014 9:57 AM CST
I would guess it probably is invasive as it's washed down my creek, and within a few years, spread along both banks. My animals don't eat it, so it must not taste good. I put it where it can spread it it wants to. I like it a lot. It doesn't have leaves as big as a person like some pictures online, but they are huge.
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Mar 19, 2014 12:34 PM CST
OK, here's another unidentified plant. I live in Texas, zone 8a, and this vine grows wild in the trees around our property.


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It grows to the tops of the trees, and if it ever has leaves, they are hidden in the tree leaves



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If no one knows the name, I'm going to call it python vine






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plantladylin
Mar 19, 2014 2:14 PM CST
LOL, your photo's remind me of an area at our little Botanical Gardens that we call "Nature's Sculpture":
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gingin
Mar 19, 2014 3:22 PM CST
Gosh texaskitty, your vine looks a lot like some of the wisteria vines I have been clearing out...some are really big around and have wrapped around the cedars, but you should see and or smell the blooms.
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Name: tk
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texaskitty111
Mar 19, 2014 3:28 PM CST
No blooms or leaves, or fragrance.
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purpleinopp
Mar 26, 2014 9:51 AM CST
TK, if you try your elephant ears in shade (and they are the kind capable of it,) you should get larger leaves. In the sun, they just can't/won't get as big (or it takes more than a few years, when I moved mine.)
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dave
Mar 26, 2014 9:58 AM CST

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texaskitty111 said:OK, here's another unidentified plant. I live in Texas, zone 8a, and this vine grows wild in the trees around our property.


This is Rattan-Vine (Berchemia scandens)

We have a lot here, growing exclusively down in our bottom land. It's a neat vine that we use for structures like bean trellises.
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texaskitty111
Mar 26, 2014 10:01 AM CST
It doesn't kill the tree?
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Mar 26, 2014 10:03 AM CST

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Well, it hasn't killed any trees here yet.
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texaskitty111
Mar 26, 2014 10:07 AM CST
Thanks all. We HAD been told it was poison ivy, but I never believed that.
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Seedfork
Mar 26, 2014 10:16 AM CST
As a kid we called it Tarzan Vine, it was great for swinging across creeks. It is also known as 'Alabama supplejack'.
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eclayne
Apr 9, 2014 10:00 AM CST

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@texaskitty111, any updated pics of you Elephant Ear?
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texaskitty111
Apr 9, 2014 10:41 AM CST
Its just starting to grow


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Apr 9, 2014 11:29 AM CST

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Name: tk
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texaskitty111
Apr 14, 2014 10:10 AM CST
Here are the first leaves

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