Plant Identification

CAZ48June 9, 2014

This plant is growing in my yard and I can't figure out what it is. I think it could be albino but can't figure out what plant it is. I am not an even decent gardener so everything that grows, just grows on it's own. I live close to a river but not on the river. Anyone?

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CAZ48

Another view

    Bookmark   June 9, 2014 at 11:04PM
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PKponder TX(7b)

It really looks artificial. What is the texture like? Is there sap? What is the size?

    Bookmark   June 10, 2014 at 10:50PM
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roselee z8b S.W. Texas

Ghost plant? ;-)

    Bookmark   June 11, 2014 at 8:04AM
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Shrubbish(5b)

Albino bishops weed ?

    Bookmark   June 11, 2014 at 8:11AM
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CAZ48

It's about 1 1/2 ft tall and does not have sap. It just feels like a reg plant, not waxy.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2014 at 9:32AM
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roselee z8b S.W. Texas

Plants cannot survive without chlorophyll. If this plant is real then it must be a root sprout of a normal plant nearby and is obtaining sustenance from it, but it won't last long. It's a wonder it has grown to that size. Look around and see what plant has similar shaped leaves.

From the internet:

"Albinism also occurs in plant foliage when they are deficient in or missing the pigment called chlorophyll.

Chlorophyll is the most important photosynthetic pigment in plants and also the one that gives leaves their green colour.

Total albinism in plants is lethal-an albino seedling will die within days of sprouting because after it has used the stored energy from the seedcase it can no longer sustain itself.

Plants of normal green colour can produce albino shoots and these may survive longer because they receive sustainance from the rest of the plant.

They can not survive sunlight though because they have no protection and will shrivel."

    Bookmark   June 11, 2014 at 9:47AM
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jolanaweb

Looks like a chinaberry, lol
That would be pretty with purple flowers

    Bookmark   June 11, 2014 at 10:25AM
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castro_gardener

That's what I was going to say, Jolana. Looks like a chinaberry tree, but maybe a China Doll houseplant.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2014 at 1:28PM
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phoenix7801

We have a variegated chinaberry here in the bistro area at the San Antonio Botanical Gardens. That on the other hand looks completely white so unless it has some green somewhere it'll probably croak.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2014 at 12:28AM
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jolanaweb

Look what I found this a.m. Never heard of this but would love to see one
Looks like I will get to in SA!
I googled it....nothing

White leafed chinaberry tree

Posted by dottie_in_charlotte z7-8 NC (My Page) on Mon, May 4, 09 at 12:28
Back before my favorite garden center died, I bought from them this 4' tall , all white leaf chinaberry tree. 7 years later it is maybe 20-25' tall. No sprouts,no seedlings all over the place. In spring it leafs out pure white , shaded from the hot afternoon sun by elms and pines, and by mid summer it is a mix of dark green and variagated leaves. I've tried planting the berries but they just won't sprout (I suppose this is a good thing).
Flowers are lovely but brief.
I've tried googling and can't find any reference to this white leaved beauty..only the common invasive green form.
I wonder if the white was a sport that someone successfully rooted and sold.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2014 at 8:21AM
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roselee z8b S.W. Texas

Jolana, GWs most accomplished sleuth is still on the job. FASCINATING! I wanna' see it at the SABG too. Thanks for the tip Phoenix Joey.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2014 at 9:22AM
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ocgf(Z8)

I also saw several at Hobby Lobby, aisle 12. I think it is winter hardy even in Antarctica.

Omar
PS: Love your diplomatic skills, Roselee...

    Bookmark   June 12, 2014 at 3:01PM
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roselee z8b S.W. Texas

Well, at least we found out about the variegated China berry tree. BTW, I dearly loved climbing the China Berry tree in my grandmother's yard, the flowers were beautiful and fragrant and it was fun watching the mocking birds get drunk on ferminted berries.

Here is a link that might be useful: Chinaberry 'jade snowflake' ...

    Bookmark   June 13, 2014 at 4:23PM
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jolanaweb

That is just stunning, can't wait to see it in SA
A lot of chinaberry trees were good for climbing, lol
and I had forgotten about the funny fermented story
ahh, good times, lol

    Bookmark   June 13, 2014 at 6:08PM
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