Plant ID forum: Newly adopted house plant

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Nevada (Zone 7a)
codyeb
Nov 4, 2017 2:24 PM CST
Greetings,
I recently found this plant at the local university's annual plant sale. I'm having trouble identifying it, although it did come with a tag labeling it as C. pratensis. However, looking up the name on USDA plants and other websites did not yield any luck. Probably an exotic? Any advice is greatly appreciated!

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Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
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plantmanager
Nov 4, 2017 2:28 PM CST
See if this is it.
Cuckoo flower (Cardamine pratensis)
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Nevada (Zone 7a)
codyeb
Nov 4, 2017 2:40 PM CST
Thank you but we already checked on that one, it's definitely more tree-like, and doesn't flower :)
Name: Tofi
Sumatera, Indonesia
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tofitropic
Nov 4, 2017 9:09 PM CST
I believes you are correct, that is Clusia (sure look like C minor), synonym for C pratensis, among other synonyms; C cartilaginea, C venosa....etc. Lovely tropical plant. It's among group we called autograph-plant, so you could ask friends and family to sign it for you each in a leave. It is unique (Clusia is the only genus of plants capable of absorbing carbon dioxide during the night, correct me if I'm wrong), also a dioecious species, both male and female needed for seed. You can try air layering to propagate, or may be cutting with root hormones.
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Nevada (Zone 7a)
codyeb
Nov 5, 2017 1:21 PM CST
tofitropic, thank you so much! Our new plant definitely fits the description of Clusia pratensis as you suggested :)

Do you happen to have any tips to keep it happy indoors? We have it in an area of the home that gets lots of sun, and have tried to water it about once a week. However, it has gotten quite a few yellow leaves since moving and I'm worried we may be off on the watering, etc.

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Name: Tofi
Sumatera, Indonesia
Vegetable Grower Butterflies Garden Procrastinator Roses Bookworm Tomato Heads
Tropicals Salvias Plays in the sandbox Frogs and Toads Fruit Growers Sempervivums
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tofitropic
Nov 5, 2017 7:14 PM CST
I am not sure I can help much, since I also struggling with plants indoor (back then when I lived in non tropical area). I Grown small Clusia there and they survive 4 winters in a bright light, near window, reduce watering in winter (it was an Lab-office, with a tiny humidifier I put on my desk, I brought some of my plant to my office, since the room was heated 24/7). Too bad I can't take it with me to my home country. Now I live in tropic, wishing I could find one again (it was sold as Clusia 'princess).

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