Plant ID forum: Can anyone identify this?

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Name: paislea
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paislea
Mar 15, 2018 5:51 PM CST
Hello,

I recently made a new plant friend & today while I was visiting her house, I noticed a beautiful house plant that I have never before seen. I was immediately drawn to it. She told me that she received it as a gift in 1980 and she has never been able to figure out exactly what it is.

I would appreciate if someone could help us identify this beautiful plant, as she is interested to know, and I want to find one of my own!! :)

Thank you all!
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Mar 15, 2018 6:40 PM CST
Interesting choice for a house plant but I doubt it would survive the winter outside. Its a Bunya Bunya Tree - Araucaria bidwillii. We had one in our yard in CA. Not only did it grow to over 100 ft tall but every fall we had to put caution tape around it because it dropped 15 lb spiky cones.
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plantmanager
Mar 15, 2018 6:50 PM CST
Daisy is correct. We had them growing in our yard when we lived in the Marshall Islands. It is strange as a house plant and I'm amazed it looks as good as it looks.
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Name: paislea
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paislea
Mar 15, 2018 7:04 PM CST
Thank you both so much.

That is definitely strange. I thought it looked like more of an outdoor plant versus an indoor plant, but I have a few strange selections of plants in my home, too (clusia rosea & magnolia grandiflora) that thrive indoors. So maybe I will have to give this a try, if I can even source one.

I appreciate your response so much! Have a great evening everyone!
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Mar 15, 2018 8:47 PM CST
I'm not sure about finding a Bunya (mine was a house warming gift from DH about 40 years ago. But Forest Farms Nursery (a great place to shop!) has Monkey Puzzle seedlings for sale:

https://www.forestfarm.com/ara...

I also had a Monkey Puzzle tree in our yard in CA. I grew it from a rooted cutting I bought for $5 in 1970. That was the tree that was hard to part with but DD#1 found seeds online from the U.K. so now I have an odd potted plant: a pair of Monkey Puzzle trees. They aren't as symmetrical as the Bunya's are but just as spiky. Smiling If you find seeds, they germinate easily.
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Mar 17, 2018 7:16 AM CST
All houseplants come from outside somewhere.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Mar 17, 2018 11:24 AM CST
But if you have ever gotten near one of these trees, you would understand why 'houseplant' is not the first descriptive that comes to mind. Pokey, spiny, OW! all come to mind. Smiling
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Mar 17, 2018 12:00 PM CST
Finally a house plant the the cat won't eat?
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