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Stelios369
Aug 26, 2016 8:39 AM CST
Hello,
Is this plant a Pencil Cactus? I have it propped up with bamboo sticks. Is this OK, or should it be a hanging plant?
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What about this other plant???

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Dutchlady1
Aug 26, 2016 8:40 AM CST
It appears to be a Rhipsalis.
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DaisyI
Aug 26, 2016 8:58 AM CST
The first is Rhipsalis. Those yellow bulges on the ends of the branches are flower buds. Rhipsalis is considered a hanging plant.

The other plant is some sort of Crassula.

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terrafirma
Aug 26, 2016 9:29 AM CST
I agree
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Dancing Bones Cactus (Hatiora salicornioides)
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terrafirma
Aug 26, 2016 9:31 AM CST
And here's a link for Crassula. http://garden.org/plants/searc...
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plantladylin
Aug 26, 2016 9:39 AM CST
#1 Dancing Bones Cactus (Hatiora salicornioides)
#2 & 3 reminds me of: String of Bananas (Senecio radicans)
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Finnyc
Aug 26, 2016 10:07 AM CST
Dancing bones makes a nice hanging plant. The way it sprawls it doesn't look fantastic from the top, but when it blooms its yellow flowers and its green stems look nice in a cascade.

Stelios369
Apr 29, 2017 3:22 PM CST
Thank you for your reply!

Someone mentioned the second was some kind of Crassula. Well, after 3 years it just dried up on me and all the "petals" fell off. It happened really fast too! I propagated one good piece. I pray that it is able to take root.

Does this photo of one piece help anyone identify it?
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plantladylin
Apr 29, 2017 3:45 PM CST
It doesn't look like Pencil Cactus (Euphorbia tirucalli) to me but there may be a different plant that also has that common name.

My eyes aren't the best but I wonder if it could be a variety of Juncus?

Corkscrew Rush (Juncus effusus f. spiralis 'Unicorn')
Rush (Juncus filiformis 'Spiralis')

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plantladylin
Apr 29, 2017 7:06 PM CST
Disregard my last post ... I went back to the top of the thread and looked at your older photos and it's definitely NOTJuncus. If not a variety of Crassula, I wonder if it might be Senecio of some sort. It's not this one but it sorta reminds me of it a bit:
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purpleinopp
Apr 30, 2017 6:58 AM CST
Pairs of opposite leaves rules out S. radicans, and IDK any Senecios with opposite foliage. It is so etiolated, it's not going to resemble pics of a normal specimen, whatever it is.
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