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In need of an ID

Posted by snappyguy 9 (My Page) on
Wed, Feb 20, 13 at 19:23

I recently won this plant in a raffle and have no idea what it is. It seems to be a succulent, but that's about all I know. Can anyone help?

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Thanks,
Mark


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RE: In need of an ID

Mark,

I'm not clear as to what it is - can you tone down the picture? I think it's a Gasteria/Aloe hybrid (Gasteraloe) (or just an Aloe hybrid), judging from its extreme pupping fecundity.

Flowers of course would tell us immediately - I don't suppose you've seen pics of them?


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RE: In need of an ID

I think some sort of Aloe is probably right. I noticed it puts out leaves in the same pattern an Aloe does, and it has 5 soft spines toward the end of mature leaves. I haven't seen any pictures of its' flowers though.

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RE: In need of an ID

I believe what you have there is Aloe 'Black Gem' (which will turn a darker color if grown in the sun). Trouble is, I'm not sure...& don't think others are sure of the genus...as you'll find this listed as xAlworthia 'Black Gem' & xGasteraloe 'Black Gem'. So, thinking there is an intergeneric cross. I don't believe I've seen blooms on it to ascertain if/which genus might be involved. Guess more sleuthing is required on this one, but I've no time at the moment. That's a lot of plants you have there...can split into many, if you so desire!


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RE: In need of an ID

  • Posted by teatree zone 8b/Oregon (My Page) on
    Thu, Feb 21, 13 at 17:30

My understanding is that 'Black Gem' does not bloom, RoRo. I've certainly never had mine bloom, either, in the three years I've had it. I think it's 'Black Gem' too.


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RE: In need of an ID

That makes sense, Colleen. I've had 3 of them...none bloomed. Guess they just keep multiplying vegetatively...as it is doing so well in snappyguy's pix!


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