Mystery flower stalk

ariole(z7DE)December 30, 2005

I've been watching this flower stalk develop for a long time. The part shown is about a foot in length and it stands more than a foot above the body of the plant.

The plant itself was identified for me by some of this forums champion ID members.

I'm eager to see the flowers.

Any thoughts on an ID from this early stage pic?

Al

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rosemariero(Z9 SW SUNDiegoCA)

What was the plant ID'd as? Or is that a secret for now? :P I don't recognize the flower buds.

~Rosemarie

    Bookmark   December 30, 2005 at 9:01PM
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rpw53(south Florida)

Looks like one of my favorite south american succulents ;)
Peyton

    Bookmark   December 30, 2005 at 10:27PM
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ariole(z7DE)

Ahhh! Peyton knows.

He who originally did the plant ID for me easily recognized the flower stalk.

Never in my life did I expect this kind of flower stalk to emerge from something I thought was a relative of a pineapple.

No sunshine today to encourage the flowers to develop further. I will post more pics as development progresses.

It will be next year....

Best wishes to all.

Al

    Bookmark   December 31, 2005 at 1:16PM
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rosemariero(Z9 SW SUNDiegoCA)

Okay... I'm going to say...Agave polianthiflora!

~Rosemarie

Here is a link that might be useful: Agave polianthiflora

    Bookmark   December 31, 2005 at 2:05PM
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ariole(z7DE)

Rosemarie, we sure know how that guy likes his Agaves, don't we. But not an Agave.

This stalk is very thin and the part showing is only about 12" long. Peyton's clue is that it's South American. (Something else I didn't know.) I've had the plant not much more than a year and have absolutely no idea what the actual flowers will look like. It's tough on me not doing a Google search but I want to be surprised.
Al

    Bookmark   December 31, 2005 at 5:44PM
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alex_AZ(9aAZ)

Possibly a Dyckia??

Alex

    Bookmark   December 31, 2005 at 5:52PM
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rosemariero(Z9 SW SUNDiegoCA)

Oh oh...thanks for the hint, Alex! I didn't bother to check the SA reference by Peyton on the Agave.

Okay then, Dyckia marnier-lapostollei?
The link below will not blow it for you, Al...if you want to look.

~R, again

Here is a link that might be useful: Dyckia marnier-lapostollei

    Bookmark   December 31, 2005 at 6:25PM
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