Does this plant looks familiar? Plant ID please!

sk290April 2, 2012

I found this seedling growing in one of my beds and it looked so beautiful and healthy I just had to save it. However, my boyfriend insists that it's a weed. Does this look like any plant you've seen or know? Thanks!

Sandra

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trianglejohn

some sort of fig?

    Bookmark   April 2, 2012 at 3:30PM
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blazeaglory(10 SZ22/24 OC Ca)

Looks like a fig. Open up the bible and look at Adam and Eves outfits.

    Bookmark   April 2, 2012 at 3:56PM
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Edymnion(7a)

I was also going to say they look vaguely like fig leaves. Could you get us a picture of the stem?

    Bookmark   April 2, 2012 at 4:07PM
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gonebananas_gw

I'd guess fig first too.

Does it have milky sap like a fig?

    Bookmark   April 2, 2012 at 4:09PM
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Scott F Smith(6B/7A MD)

I don't think its a fig, the leaves are too shiny and the shape of the leaves is not quite right. I don't know what it is though.

Scott

    Bookmark   April 2, 2012 at 9:11PM
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carolync1(z8/9 CA inland)

Mulberry? They're related to figs, and sometimes the leaves look like fig leaves. They self-seed around here.

    Bookmark   April 3, 2012 at 1:10AM
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dirtslinger2(6)

Mulberry, not sure which. Not a fig.

    Bookmark   April 3, 2012 at 2:38AM
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sk290

I thought it was a fig too at first but fig seedlings usually have multiple stems coming out of the base and this one is singular. And the fig leaves seem to be more trilobal, like this:

These other ones seem a bit too pointy for figs. Here's a picture of the stem and the underside of the leaves.

I'll look up some mulberry pictures and see if they seem similar. At least no one said it was a weed. lol

Thanks everyone!

Sandra

    Bookmark   April 3, 2012 at 1:30PM
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fabaceae_native

It's a fig!

Exact leaf shape and texture don't conform to any standard and are quite variable, especially with seedlings. I've seen that much variation on a single plant. The side views clinched it for me, since the stem, the petioles, and the new bud all have the fig gestalt.

The major difference between fig and mulberry is size: fig has bigger, thicker growth all around. New mulberry leaves have two upward pointing bracts where the petiole connects to the stem.

    Bookmark   April 3, 2012 at 1:58PM
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sk290

I checked on a white mulberry my neighbor has and the leaves were thinner and softer than my seedling so, not a mulberry. I guess that fig it is. We'll see. Thanks everyone for your input!

Sandra

    Bookmark   April 3, 2012 at 9:27PM
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