Plant ID forum: Is this a Palm? What kind of plant?

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Name: Stel Venetoulis
Baltimore, MD
Stelios369
May 4, 2018 2:56 PM CST
Hello, I need help identifying a plant. I found this plant next to the dumpster in my housing complex. It looked dead except for one branch that had a few green fronds (leaves). I decided to take it home and nurse it back to health. That was 9 years ago.
Now the plant is healthy. It has grown much taller. I'd like to read up on this plant so I can continue to take good care of it.
For some reason both my cats are infatuated with this plant. That alone leads me to believe that this plant is toxic to cats. One cat will eat the leaves when they falls to the ground. Later we find that leaf mixed into a pile of vomit on the carpet. I don't know if they're poisonous, or if my cat just can't swallow them.
Does anyone recognize this plant? I attached several photos to help.
Thank you!
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
May 4, 2018 3:55 PM CST
It looks like a really crazy overgrown Dracaena.
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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
May 4, 2018 5:21 PM CST
It looks like a type of Dracaena cultivar. I'm sure Tiffany will jump in with the correct botanical name.

You have done a terrific job restoring its health. I think it might be a mistake for you to research its care because you have had such success that if you change anything I doubt it will be for the better. Continue with whatever you have been doing.

Be happy with what you have! Hurray!
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
May 5, 2018 6:42 AM CST
Thanks for the shout-out, Will, but I could only wish I knew all of the Dracaenas. I still see new ones (new to me, anyway) "out there." I was going to say the same thing about the care. After 9 yrs, I think Stel is doing a great job, this plant looks great!

It looks like an 'Anita' to me.

Unfortunately, (if it is a Dracaena,) the cats aren't eating it for sustenance, ASPCA says Dracaenas are toxic for cats:
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
May 5, 2018 10:27 AM CST
Yes, the poison is Saponin - when added to water, it foams. The very least it will do is make your cat throw up but, if Kitty eats enough, you will be visiting your Vet.
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