Florida Gardening forum: What are these plants?

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KJSegall
Nov 27, 2018 4:17 PM CST
Hi guys, recently bought a house, and some potted plants were left behind. I've ID'd most but these three- I can't even tell if they are weeds or not! Does anyone recognize them?
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Name: Lin
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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plantladylin
Nov 27, 2018 5:43 PM CST
#1 Looks like a Hoya, possibly Hindu Rope Hoya (Hoya carnosa 'Hindu Rope')

#2 I know I've seen that plant before but my mind is not remembering.

#3 looks like a variety of Reed Stemmed Orchid (Epidendrum)
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KJSegall
Nov 27, 2018 6:08 PM CST
Thanks! Those 2 are definitely solved!
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tofitropic
Nov 27, 2018 6:34 PM CST
#2 does it smells minty when rubbed? it reminds me of Plectranthus amboinicus, the Mexican mint
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Nov 27, 2018 6:51 PM CST
A couple of photos for comparison and yes, leaves of P. amboinicus will be fragrant.

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KJSegall
Nov 27, 2018 7:11 PM CST
Oh wow, I've never heard of that, and I love my herbs! I presume its edible? (That's definitely what it is)
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florange
Nov 27, 2018 8:03 PM CST
I can't imagine that a knowledgeable person would plant an orchid in soil. Amazing!!
Name: Lin
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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plantladylin
Nov 28, 2018 8:24 AM CST
florange said:I can't imagine that a knowledgeable person would plant an orchid in soil. Amazing!!

Orchid (Epidendrum fulgens) and Phillippine Ground Orchid (Spathoglottis plicata) and Chinese Ground Orchid (Bletilla striata) do grow in soil, either in ground or in pots.





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KJSegall
Nov 28, 2018 8:29 AM CST
I really don't know that the previous owner was 'knowledgeable'. Had to rescue a lot of plants, including a 6 foot papaya that was in a pot with maybe 6 inches of dirt? That's really why I wanted to know what these were, so I would know how to properly take care of 'em.
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florange
Nov 29, 2018 8:06 AM CST
Lin, you are showing ground orchids. I just pitched one I had owned for years. To me, the foliage that KJ showed is a typical orchid that takes bark or equivalent to live.
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ardesia
Nov 29, 2018 8:35 AM CST
I always think the foliage on epidendrums looks much like that of a dendrobium. However, they are terrestrial and they creep all over the place if you let them. I actually had some growing in the ground in coastal SC during a few years of mild winters, unfortunately a nasty winter came along and took them out. Most common epi's are orange but I have seen them in white, yellow, pink and red.
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Nov 29, 2018 10:33 AM CST
I thought the Orchid in KJSegall's photo looked like a Epidendrum (Reed Stemmed Orchid) which I have growing in the ground at our home in Sebastian but even though I had cataract surgery this year, my eyesight still isn't the best and the orchid in question in KJSegall's photo could very well be a type of Dendrobium.
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ardesia
Nov 29, 2018 1:58 PM CST
Sorry Lin, I did not word that response well. I was saying that the epis do resemble some dens but the plant above is surely an epi.
I am sorry your eyes are still bothering you, I did well after my cataract surgery but as I age my eyesight continues to change. I used to be far sighted, now I am nearsighted.
Minds are like parachutes; they work better when they are open.
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sunkissed
Dec 3, 2018 7:50 AM CST
The second photo does look just like my Cuban Oregano, it has a strong scent when you rub the furry leaves.

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