Plant ID forum: Please Help ID My Favorite Plant

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Name: Coop
Queens NY (Zone 7b)
BotanicPanic
Feb 11, 2017 2:11 PM CST
Hello all. I've always had trouble ID'ing my favorite houseplant. I've tried to ID it myself ... and failed miserably.

Can anyone here tell me what it is, so that I can help it return to health?

It's been dropping leaves (possibly mites), but I'll make a post about that on the 'Ask a Question' forum.

Thanks in advance for your time & expertise!

-Coop
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Name: Carter Mayer
Houston, TX (Zone 9b)
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Carter
Feb 11, 2017 2:48 PM CST
Looks like it may be a type of Medinilla. Has it bloomed for you? If so, what did the flowers look like? How long have you had it and in what type of growing conditions?

If it is a Medinilla, many of them grow as epiphytes but can grow terrestrially, which means they may survive in regular potting soil, but would probably be happier in a more loosely based medium, such as orchid bark mixed with some potting soil and/or compost.
Name: Coop
Queens NY (Zone 7b)
BotanicPanic
Feb 11, 2017 3:20 PM CST
Thanks for the quick response Carter.

One of my searches for identification led me to Medinilla, but it has not flowered, and the stems are becoming increasingly bark-like (could still be a Medinilla, I know very little about plants).

I have had it for about three years. It's been indoors all of that time, with the exception of last August, when someone watched it for me. They kept it outside in an alley, and it thrived then.

I then repotted it in the very-large container that is pictured. Indoors here it is usually about 70 degrees.

Though it hasn't flowered, it does get these hints of pink at the junctions of uppermost growth- as pictured.

It has been yellowing and dropping some leaves (due to mites, I believe). I made a lengthy post about it over on the 'Ask A Question' thread (The thread "Sick Plant Needs Help" in Ask a Question forum).

BTW I was down your way recently for work. The humidity was tough, but I really enjoyed the food! And foliage ... I imagine it's a great place to be a gardener.
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Name: Carter Mayer
Houston, TX (Zone 9b)
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Carter
Feb 11, 2017 4:06 PM CST
Medinilla stems will turn woody and brown as the age and mature. With the last pic, I still believe it's a Medinilla.

Ya, I think our humidity is tougher for many visitors than our summer heat!
Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

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plantladylin
Feb 11, 2017 4:58 PM CST
Looks like Medinilla to me too: https://garden.org/plants/sear...
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Name: Dave Paul
Puna, HI (Zone 10b)
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Metrosideros
Feb 11, 2017 5:38 PM CST
Carter got it.

Need flowers to figure a species.

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