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Posted by purpleinopp 8b AL (My Page) on
Tue, Oct 9, 12 at 10:29

In this thread on house plant forum, I've been trying to ID a Philo. I thought the bright orange inside the stem would be a good clue. The way Philo leaves change shape as the plant ages is also making it difficult.

Many pics in the other thread, and here are a couple very recent ones. This is a stem cutting:


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Newest leaf from the "mama" plant.


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Whole mama plant.


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Thought I'd also said:

I'm leaning toward 'Prince of orange' but the leaves I see in others' pics are usually connected to the petiole at their base, as are the leaves on the cutting from the top pic above. I planted a bare section of stem and those leaves are all new from the past few months.

The more mature leaves in the last pic are much more heart-shaped. That pot has 2 original growth tips with hard woody stems of what I was told used to be a huge vine too big to take inside for winter. (You'd think the owner of a garden center would know to make a bunch of new plants from cuttings to have ready for sale in the spring...?) Also do not see any 'POO' plants with maroon/burgundy leaves, just orange or green.

Not sure if it's a species plant or a breeder's cultivar.

The leaves are very thick and smooth.

What about 'Black Cardinal', 'Red Emerald', 'Imperial red'? Are these all orange inside?


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The pic marked newest leaf on mamma looks alot like black cardinal but the overall looks nothing like my black cardinal, but culture makes a big difference...


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Thanks for the input. You're so right. It may take a few years until this plant gets back to looking "normal" from its' harrowing experience. I admit it's hard to keep it from getting sunburned and have let some of that happen.


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Pic from this morning. I absolutely love this plant and check on it a few times a day.


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The babies from stem cuttings are doing great! Quite a different, less heart-shape shape of the much smaller leaves.


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Didn't think this one was going to make it, but it's impressing me. Doesn't seem to mind sharing space with way too many Begonia cuttings.


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