Plant ID forum: ID DD's Succulent please

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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jun 30, 2017 4:05 PM CST
DD moved back home and brought this abused cactus with her. What is it and what do I do with it? Its really tall and bare at the top! Confused
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jun 30, 2017 6:04 PM CST
My first thought would be to tell DD to take care of her own plant. Smiling

My second is that its the oddest looking Opuntia ever. Any idea where DD found it? Desert? Dumpster rescue? Left by ex-boyfriend?
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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jun 30, 2017 7:20 PM CST
I've asked her @daisyl. But she doesn't know much about it. She says she saw them in her neighborhoods all lover? It was their apartment Christmas tree. She even left the lights on it! That tall stem. It is ODD!
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Jun 30, 2017 7:42 PM CST

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ShadyGreenThumb said: neighborhoods all lover?
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Poor thing, probably stretching to get away from the lights! Green Grin!

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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Aug 12, 2017 8:22 PM CST
Bringing up this post. Odd plant still producing odd stems now in it's new growth! I'll catch a photo of it tomorrow. It now is in full sunlight for at least 6 hours and remains shiny bright green. It has the look of Opuntia in most places but those STEMS? Confused I am not all that familiar with cacti. Your thoughts?
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porkpal
Aug 12, 2017 9:36 PM CST
Looks to be reaching for the sun.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Aug 12, 2017 10:10 PM CST
Yes, please add new photos.
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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Aug 13, 2017 9:39 AM CST
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mcvansoest
Aug 13, 2017 10:11 AM CST
It looks like it could be part of a set of Opuntioids that used to be called Nopalea. A relatively well known one would be what is now called Opuntia cochenillifera. Not sure it is that exactly, but those are known to go very thin, round and elongated when not grown in ideal conditions. Strange though that its growth habit persists when given more sun.



Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Aug 13, 2017 3:53 PM CST
Check this out:

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I've never seen one but maybe your DD found one someplace.
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Aug 13, 2017 4:53 PM CST
It sure is cool looking, whichever one it is. Here are database entries for the two suggested:
Prickly Pear (Nopalea cochenillifera)
Brazilian Prickly Pear (Brasiliopuntia brasiliensis)
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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Aug 13, 2017 8:59 PM CST
Once again you guys are guuuuud! Daislyl found it. I think her's is a match: Brazilian Prickly Pear (Brasiliopuntia brasiliensis) I will give all the sun it can get. DD said she got it at a local nursery Joshua's Native Plants, in Houston. It was one single tiny leaf 2 years ago. Now she thinks it's ugly. That sounds like I've inherited a plant, doesn't it? I will give it lots of sunshine, as much as my shady yard can give it, and make her pretty as she ages. DD will become and Indian Giver and take it back is my guess!

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