Plant ID forum: Need help in plant identification!

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kickingdirtt
Jan 4, 2017 9:32 AM CST
I recently found this interesting plant in our local garden centre (in Singapore), but there wasn't a label or name. The receipt listed the plant as "hoppa bin" which churned out nothing after a search on Google. Can someone help with identifying this plant?

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plantladylin
Jan 4, 2017 10:49 AM CST
Hi kickingdirtt, Welcome!
Is that photo showing more than one plant in the container? I can't even offer a wild guess without seeing more of the plant. Can you possibly post more photos, maybe one of the entire plant from a little distance and one of the leaves?
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purpleinopp
Jan 4, 2017 12:20 PM CST
Looks like some sort of Persea.
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jan 4, 2017 12:45 PM CST
LOL Tiffany, you sure have good eyes ... I can't detect a thing to give me an idea of what it might be. We have a few Persea listed in our database https://garden.org/plants/sear...
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tofitropic
Jan 4, 2017 7:56 PM CST
Another option I guess is a Catanospermum australe seedling, they are sometimes sold as container baby plants, tagged as a lucky bean plants.
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purpleinopp
Jan 5, 2017 8:29 AM CST
Oh my, good eyes? My bifocals would disagree, but the seed & the alternate leaves fit with Persea. This could be a ridiculous suggestion for Singapore, and the only species I've seen in person is P. americana. The leaves look too small to be that, and it's hard to get a sense of scale from the pic. I'm curious to hear back from the owner. ;)
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jan 5, 2017 9:01 AM CST
purpleinopp said:The seed & the alternate leaves fit with Persea. This could be a ridiculous suggestion for Singapore.

Apparently Persea (Avocado) are grown in that region. I googled and found these blogs/articles:
http://tropicalhorticulture.bl...
http://sgmygardenisgood.blogsp...

@Kickingdirtt, you might like to check out some of the photos of Avocado trees in our database for comparison to your plant: https://garden.org/plants/sear...
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Carter
Jan 6, 2017 12:16 PM CST
I'm not sure this is a Persea (avocado) or Catanospermum australe.

The seed and how the seedling sprouts from the seed *somewhat* resembles Persea (at least more so than Catanospermum australe), but looks very different from Catanospermum australe.

As for the seedling stem itself, it looks exactly like that of Catanospermum australe. From what I've seen of Persea seedlings their stems are a smooth sold light green with some also having deep reddish variations, but none are speckled as in the picture.

There simply isn't a clear enough pic of the leaves, leaf structure, or branch structure to make any other determinations.

I dunno. Sighing!
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tofitropic
Jan 7, 2017 6:00 AM CST
In case the OP never comes back, Sad for other who are as curious as I am, here are the seedling of Castanospermum australe will look like

http://www.vendio.com/stores/p...

This one from Malaysia, so very near to Singapore
http://myniceflowers.blogspot....

Avocados are very common in South East Asia, my home country. So common that, we usually (at least me and my folks there), not really consider them ornamental, so won't likely sold as ornamental indoor-pot plant, they also grow to quick.
Avocados (as far as I know) won't have deep green seed/cotyledon, even with sun exposure, and usually broad-ovate in shape, broad base.
In OP's photo, cotyledon are deep green even on the inner surface if you peek through the cleavage, Cotyledon edges (at the cleavage) appears too sharp and smooth, and seed base are also too pointy.

kickingdirtt
Jan 10, 2017 7:30 AM CST
Ahh thanks so much to those who replied and helped in one way or another! I apologise for the lousy photo, and added a few more for easier identification. I'm really thankful for all your responses!
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Jan 10, 2017 8:29 AM CST
Definitely not avocado with compound foliage.
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Name: Tofi
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tofitropic
Jan 10, 2017 8:38 PM CST
Thank you for coming back and adding photos kickingdirtt. Wish you great year growing it, right from a baby plant. Smiling

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