Plant ID forum: Novice gardener, no idea what I have growing!!!

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Highdaler
Nov 20, 2016 7:10 PM CST
Hello,

So happy to join the forum as I need all the help I can get. I have two plants growing in my garden and have no idea what I have.

I thought I had star fruit which is what I planted, but this looks more like a vine to me. (In pot).

The second one I have no idea, but looks too strong to be a weed, and have been throwing fruit seeds in the ground. (In ground)
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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Nov 20, 2016 7:23 PM CST
Welcome! highdaler.
The first one looks like it could be the dreaded Air Potato... Not sure about the second.
Could you post your climate zone and/or location? That would be helpful!
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plantladylin
Nov 20, 2016 8:13 PM CST
Highdaler, Welcome from me too!

I agree, plant #1 does resemble Air Potato (Dioscorea bulbifera) but it also reminds me of Moon Vine (Ipomoea alba)

I'm not sure what plant #2 is but it's definitely not Star Fruit (Averrhoa carambola)
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Carter
Nov 21, 2016 7:48 AM CST
Agreed, pretty sure #1 is a weed variety of morning glory (Ipomoea sp.), unless you planted some specific variety of morning glory. Don't know where you are, but if you are somewhere in a warm temperate zone where it is hardy, it will spread like wild fire.

No clue on #2, but definitely not star fruit. Never underestimate the strength of weeds! They are very often stronger and faster growing than anything you intentionally have in your beds. That said, what other seeds have you been throwing in there that this could possibly be?
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plantladylin
Nov 21, 2016 9:19 AM CST
Yes, if you can give us an idea of what fruit seeds you've been discarding/throwing on the ground, we might be able to identify that second plant if indeed it is something other than a weed. Green Grin!
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greene
Nov 21, 2016 2:06 PM CST
I agree The first looks like a type of Ipomoea.
The second one looks like a pepper plant.
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XiaoLong
Nov 27, 2016 8:19 AM CST
the second one looks similar to pepper but pepper plant usually will have flower at that size starting from the first dichotomous branch. Is it a kind of weed ? Asystasia maybe ?
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tofitropic
Nov 27, 2016 6:12 PM CST
Agree with Ipomoea sp for #1. leaves form reminds me a lot of Ipomoea coccinea, but of course many are similar, ID with flower definitely easier.
#2 is a Solanum nigrum I believes, leaves sometimes bit varies, smooth or toothed.
both those Ipomea and Solanum might be considered weeds though

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