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Jul 20, 2015 9:34 AM CST

I am getting the offshoot plant of this plant and I would like to know its name to properly care for it.
Thanks!

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Jul 20, 2015 9:38 AM CST
Name: Celia
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Ficus elastica was my first thought but I'm not 100% certain. Others will weigh in. Are the leaves thick? Any sap?
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Jul 20, 2015 9:48 AM CST

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I think that it is Dieffenbachia longispatha I tip my hat to you.
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Jul 20, 2015 9:52 AM CST

My friend who owns the plant and is also trying to look for the name thought it could be a rubber plant. But I am not so sure. Leaves are pretty thick and leathery. It is similar in texture to the rubber plant (except the color is a deep jade green) but the stem I don't think looks anything like any of the images I have seen for a Ficus elastica.
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Jul 20, 2015 10:00 AM CST

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latex flows?
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Jul 20, 2015 10:15 AM CST

Hi Bamira, not sure what you mean by latex flows Smiling
but you might be right about Dieffenbachia longispatha.
I'll wait and see if anyone else has other ideas.
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Jul 20, 2015 10:22 AM CST

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KarenM said:Hi Bamira, not sure what you mean by latex flows Smiling
but you might be right about Dieffenbachia longispatha.
I'll wait and see if anyone else has other ideas.


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Jul 20, 2015 10:24 AM CST
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I am with bamira ... although the leaves resemble Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica) they don't appear to be thick and succulent like F. elastica. Leaves and stems look more like Dieffenbachia to my eyes. For comparison, photos of each:


And, it does indeed look a lot like Dumb Cane (Dieffenbachia longispatha)
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Jul 20, 2015 10:45 AM CST

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look at attaching the leaves to the stem
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Jul 20, 2015 10:48 AM CST
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KarenM said:Hi Bamira, not sure what you mean by latex flows Smiling
but you might be right about Dieffenbachia longispatha.
I'll wait and see if anyone else has other ideas.


bamira means that if the stem or even a vein in the leaf is broken then there will be white sticky "latex" sap from it.
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Jul 20, 2015 11:38 AM CST
Name: Celia
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The stem is what was baffling me. It looks like a deff but those leaves are thinner than F. elastica.
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Jul 21, 2015 6:07 AM CST

Thank you all for your responses!
I am not sure about the latex flow since I don't have the plant with me yet. I will inspect it more carefully when I separate the pup from the mother plant in a few weeks. I will look at the caring instructions for Dieffenbachia longispatha (thanks Bamira!) since by the look of the stem and leaves that is what it probably is.
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Jul 21, 2015 6:16 AM CST

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I don't think that will flow the milk-latex, Beware of Dieffenbachia are toxic. I tip my hat to you.
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