Is this a michelia ?

naturluver(8)September 8, 2013

This plant just started growing in my garden about 8 months or so ago. When I noticed it it was about 5inches so I potted it. I've been trying to identify it for some time now, I think it looks like a michelia. Help is appreciated!!

KK

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Tolip(Tropical)

Do new leaves emerge with a covering shield?

    Bookmark   September 8, 2013 at 8:50PM
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naturluver(8)

Hope you can see it in the pic.

    Bookmark   September 9, 2013 at 4:49PM
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Tolip(Tropical)

I can only say at this point that it is a possibility. The leaves look a little different though. Michelia leaves have V-pointed tips. Yours are a little curved before the tip.

The other plant that have shields covering new leaves are those that belong to the ficus family.

In any case, a seedling will take years before it flowers. And that's only if it's planted on the ground and allowed to grow huge.

But you can use it for as a root stock for grafting new plants on.

    Bookmark   September 9, 2013 at 10:39PM
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Tolip(Tropical)

You can search on ficus.

I picked one out

This is a ficus septica

This post was edited by Tolip on Mon, Sep 9, 13 at 23:24

    Bookmark   September 9, 2013 at 11:17PM
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naturluver(8)

Thank you

    Bookmark   September 10, 2013 at 7:44AM
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musaboru(Inland Calif.)

It sorta resembles the michelia maudiae I have.

But if it really is a ficus, it should bleed a milky sap/latex if you cut a leaf.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2013 at 3:50AM
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musaboru(Inland Calif.)

Here's my michelia maudiae leaves

    Bookmark   September 12, 2013 at 2:55PM
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naturluver(8)

I pinched off a leaf from the stock and it did have a white substance. It resembles several plants ....ugh...Just want to know what it is :/

    Bookmark   September 13, 2013 at 2:58PM
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