Plant ID forum: What is this?

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suewilen
May 22, 2016 6:54 AM CST
Found near a beach in Florida Keys. Searched drift seeds info but couldn't find it. Now it is starting to grow at top. Should I plant it? Any ideas?
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Thomas75
May 22, 2016 7:07 AM CST
Neat find and I would plant it in a nice size pot to be able to keep a close watch on the progress. Whatever it is, it must be pretty hardy to survive being in saltwater.

Good luck,
Thomas
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gasrocks
May 22, 2016 7:27 AM CST
My guess a palm seed of some sort. Many palms try to spread their seed by using ocean currents. Gene
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purpleinopp
May 22, 2016 7:35 AM CST
Looks like Dioscorea bulbifera. (Invasive, air potato.)
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plantladylin
May 22, 2016 7:41 AM CST
I agree with Tiffany, looks like Air Potato (Dioscorea bulbifera) a very invasive vine! It's listed as a Category 1 Non-Native Invasive here in Florida. You can see more photos of the leaves, bulb/potato on these pages:

https://conference.ifas.ufl.edu/aw14/Presentations/Grand/Wed...
http://www.fleppc.org/Manage_Plans/AirpotatoManagementPlan_F...
https://plants.ifas.ufl.edu/plant-directory/dioscorea-bulbif...
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purpleinopp
May 22, 2016 7:58 AM CST
And here!
Air Potato (Dioscorea bulbifera)
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Thomas75
May 22, 2016 8:35 AM CST
Thomas75 said:Neat find and I would plant it in a nice size pot to be able to keep a close watch on the progress. Whatever it is, it must be pretty hardy to survive being in saltwater.

Good luck,
Thomas


After reading about this "thing", I would like to amend my first advice and say BURN that dude!

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porkpal
May 22, 2016 10:01 AM CST
Aw, put it in a pot where it will be confined and see what it grows into.
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gingin
May 22, 2016 1:25 PM CST
Tiny chuckle here....had one once and managed to kill it Shrug! person who gave it to me was amazed.
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plantladylin
May 22, 2016 1:43 PM CST
gingin said:Tiny chuckle here....had one once and managed to kill it Shrug! person who gave it to me was amazed.

Wow, I didn't think anything would kill those things!

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greene
May 22, 2016 4:44 PM CST
I agree it looks like the Air Potato. I had one growing in a pot...it escaped and invaded the Four O'Clock bed...it reached out and climbed the Sycamore tree (do you know how tall the Sycamore grows?)...and out of spite, the Air Potato dropped a huge "potato" on my head.
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