What is this plant?

Eggo(z10soCal LBC)January 15, 2006

While in an office building I seen this plant. Great looking plant. So good looking in fact that I accidently broke off a stem when I was admiring it. =) It appeared to be some kind of tuber like plant because the growth seems to appear from the bottom. It had long stems that has a kind of variegated chameleon like coloration. There was even a dried up flower that looks like some kind of spathe. Can this be some kind aroid? Any IDs? Thanks

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randy_e(z9b FL)

It's a Zamioculcas zamiifolia or commonly called a Z.Z. plant. It is an aroid.

    Bookmark   January 15, 2006 at 7:37AM
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If it is ZZ plant, it is a great houseplant or outdoor plant in zone 10. It grows in almost complete darkness to bright light. And I mean it actually grows and not just sit there hanging on! It also is very forgiving if you forget to water it. I noticed the some of the nicer hotels down the beach also have this is massed street plantings so it must also be very tolerant of salt spray and pollution because it's been there for years & still looks great.

I haven't actually tried propagating any yet so I'm not sure if your cutting without roots will actual root. If it doesn't, and you would like to trade, I have a big pot ready to divide.


    Bookmark   January 15, 2006 at 3:18PM
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randy_e(z9b FL)

The best way to propagate a Z.Z. is to seperate the leaflets from the stem and place the cut end down about a 1/2 inch in some good potting soil. It will develop a bulb and then roots. Later it will produce a new plant.... it does take a while. Below is a photo.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   January 15, 2006 at 4:58PM
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Well, Randy E...now I am just going to have to try that! And maybe if I'm lucky I can have some ready for a plant trade that they're having here in FL zone 10 next month! I was going to divide too because I think it's getting pot bound so hopefully one way or antoher will work! Thanks for the info~

    Bookmark   January 16, 2006 at 7:21PM
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Eggo(z10soCal LBC)

Thanks Randy and WRF for the info, I am trying to root it now. I will also try the leaflet way too. I found it quite amazing how well it was doing in an office building. The newer stems were huge and had a great tropical feel. Randy, seems like you got a variegate for every plant, hehe.

    Bookmark   January 17, 2006 at 12:12AM
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randy_e(z9b FL)

My next unicorn is a variegated Bat Plant (Tacca). There has to be one out there some where...

    Bookmark   January 17, 2006 at 6:17PM
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