Plant ID forum: Difficulty identifying this spineless cactus

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loopdeloop
Nov 15, 2016 9:12 AM CST
I can't seem to identify this spineless cactus.
I thought it was a euphorbia tirucalli but it looks too thick and the shoots it has been growing don't seem consistent with euphorbia tirucalli.
Also any idea if I should let the shoots grow or remove them? They started growing several months ago. One dried up and fell off so I thought it was just a kind of flowering period. But the others remained and keep getting bigger. There are even some coming out of the earth.
Thanks,
Chloé
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plantladylin
Nov 15, 2016 9:59 AM CST
I don't know a thing about cactus or succulents but it reminds me of Kleinia
Kleinia (Kleinia madagascariensis)
Senecio (Kleinia anteuphorbium)
Senecio (Kleinia ficoides)

edited to correct my typo of the spelling of Kleinia ... I originally typed Kleinie.
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DaisyI
Nov 15, 2016 10:30 AM CST
I agree It is Kleinia.
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purpleinopp
Nov 15, 2016 10:39 AM CST
Hi & welcome! Love your unusual plant!

Consider this one for comparison as well:
Candle Plant (Senecio articulatus)
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plantmanager
Nov 15, 2016 10:41 AM CST
I'm with Tiffany, Senecio articulatus. Your plant looks very happy. I hope it will bloom for you soon!
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tarev
Nov 15, 2016 10:55 AM CST
Agree, it is Kleinia articulatus. nodding

loopdeloop
Nov 16, 2016 3:32 PM CST
Oh wow, thank you all for your responses. I have been tortured by this for months.
Fascinating creature. Apparently if it is shaded and overwatered those "shoots" will keep growing even up to 40 cm!
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tarev
Nov 16, 2016 4:10 PM CST
Don't overwater it, it can easily get rotted at the base. Yes, if it is shaded, it will search for light so it may grow taller.

This is my plant taken last 02Nov2016. My location has a very long hot and dry period, so this plant is just barely waking up from its summer slumber. If you water it too much when it is at rest it can easily be prone to rotting, you can visibly see how the coat at the base of the plant goes different from the usual light green to white, if worst goes brown, to black, mushy and dead. Thankfully succulents at times can heal itself given time to dry out properly, so the plant recovers. In my area it prefers cool temps range 60F to 75F. Higher than that it drops the leaves and goes at rest.

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