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leegold1
Aug 24, 2017 9:41 AM CST
This could be from anywhere, supermarket veg or fruit leftovers, native...

It's growing from a stalk, not a vine. The leaf seems distinctive but what could it be?



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dave
Aug 24, 2017 9:48 AM CST

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It looks like Tapioca Plant (Manihot esculenta)

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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Aug 24, 2017 9:49 AM CST
Can you possibly share more photos, maybe one from a distance and also one of the stems/stalks? My first thought was possibly Tapioca Plant (Manihot esculenta) but I'm not sure.
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Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

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plantladylin
Aug 24, 2017 9:50 AM CST
Green Grin! Dave is fast ... but looks like I was on the right track.
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tofitropic
Aug 24, 2017 8:17 PM CST
Certainly a Papaya. Carica papaya young plant
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ctcarol
Aug 24, 2017 8:53 PM CST
Too dark to see the Papaya across the street, but I believe it is Manihot.
Tucson, AZ
leegold1
Aug 25, 2017 8:57 AM CST
Tapioca is close but the leaf seems more like the Papaya and I'm pretty sure I composted Papaya. Well I don't technically compost but often go directly from kitchen scrapes to the garden where it breaks down in the beds.

Well, thank you I appreciate the knowledge and posts.
Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

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plantladylin
Aug 25, 2017 10:28 AM CST
tofitropic said:Certainly a Papaya. Carica papaya young plant


@tofitropic, you are good! Papaya (Carica papaya) Thumbs up
LOL, I knew it looked familiar ... I see those plants growing here in Florida all the time but for some reason Tapioca (Manihot) was the first thing that came to mind.

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Name: Carol
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ctcarol
Aug 25, 2017 1:39 PM CST
It still looks like Manihot to me. Just checked the papaya across the street, and none have those skinny lobes or that grey green color. I suppose they could be different types of Papaya though.
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tofitropic
Aug 25, 2017 10:29 PM CST
@plantladylin: I'm not that good, it's just we see and accustom to different things. Papaya and Manihot are plants that is too ordinary in our country, both are important crop.
papaya easily pop up in garden as they have many seed, grow easily and super-speed,
tapioca rarely grow and bit slow from seed even in tapioca farm, so it is bit uncommon.
for leaves morph there are quite variation in C papaya, and young plants have bit variation also.

Trivia: in my country we use both Papaya and Manihot as leaves vegetables. especially male papaya they are only used as veggies, young leaves and flower, boiled many times with lots of water to reduce bitterness.
For tapioca plant we have many variety specially intended for leaves, not for tuber, I loves it a lot so grow them a lot too. (be careful there are also variety contain more toxic components though)

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