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Cheeseplant? [Jun. 15th, 2009|10:39 am]
Tony Grist



I think this is a cheeseplant. (Please tell me if you know better). It used to live in the house, but got too big and scraggy, so I moved it to the backyard- fully expecting its first winter to kill it off. Instead it has flourished as it never did indoors- and now stands as high as my chest.
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[User Picture]From: aellia
2009-06-15 09:50 am (UTC)
I don't think it's a Cheeseplant.
Fatsia or Castor Oil plant rings a bell.
I like the water droplets
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-06-15 09:51 am (UTC)
Thanks.

It rained overnight- I heard it- but the sun is shining now.
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[User Picture]From: aellia
2009-06-15 09:54 am (UTC)
Rained down here,too. Sun breaking throught now.
I wonder,how on earth, it it known as Castor Oil plant. I'm sure Castor oil doesn't come from it.
Maybe because it's shiney?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-06-15 10:09 am (UTC)
I think you're right. I've been looking at pictures of castor oil plants online. They closely resemble what I've got.

Apparently castor oil is extacted from the plant's seed.
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[User Picture]From: craftyailz
2009-06-15 10:57 am (UTC)
it's been outside for about 3 years - winter and summer. It must like it there
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-06-15 11:46 am (UTC)
Three years- as long as that? I lose count.
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[User Picture]From: suzilem
2009-06-15 11:31 am (UTC)
I can't tell you what your plant "is", but I can say with some degree of certainty what it is not. :-) Not "swisscheese" plant (known as "split leaf philodendron" over here). That plant has a long central vein that the smaller beins branch off from whereas this plant has all the veins radiating from a central point.



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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2009-06-15 11:44 am (UTC)
Looks like Fatsia japonica to me.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-06-15 11:51 am (UTC)
Could well be. I've followed up on your suggestion- and there's a photo of fatsi japonica on a BBC website that's almost a duplicate of mine (except that mine is better).
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[User Picture]From: karenkay
2009-06-15 11:52 am (UTC)
Good call!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-06-15 11:47 am (UTC)
Thanks. That narrows things down.
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[User Picture]From: chochiyo_sama
2009-06-15 01:35 pm (UTC)
Well, it looks like it is brimming over with good health and is happy as a plant can be.

:)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-06-15 03:11 pm (UTC)
It is too. The secret is benign neglect.
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From: sculptruth
2009-06-15 03:34 pm (UTC)
It looks beautiful!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-06-15 03:57 pm (UTC)
It's having a good summer.
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