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Can anybody identify this house plant?

Can somebody let me know the name of this house plant? My office desk has inherited it and I would like to keep him alive :)
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Can someone identify this Bonsai tree?

I was hoping someone would be kind enough to identify this tree for me. I want to properly care for it and I think identifying it would be a good first step. Any help on this would be appreciated, ...
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What is this houseplant with variegated leaves that thrives growing in water?

A friend who was moving away left it with me; he had no idea what it is. It's currently growing in a glass mason jar of water - and has grown to an impressive size doing so - and I'm trying to figure ...
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What's the name of this plant?

I just bought a new plant but I forgot to ask what's the name. Can you recognize it? Any suggestion about how to take care of it?
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What are these orange insects under the leaves of my mandevilla?

First, I'll set the scene: Location: South Florida Temperature: 75°F - 85°F most days Rain: Had been fairly dry until the last couple days Affected plant: Mandevilla with yellow flowers Story: ...
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identify this tall grass plant?

I bought this guy shortly before Hurricane Sandy, and then was stranded away from my apartment for a couple weeks while it died. It's managing to come back to life, but I'd love to know what kind of ...
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I'm trying to identify this succulent

Looks like Hens & Chicks on steroids. I am in Baja California near Ensenada.
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What is this South Florida tree?

This tree is on the side of my South Florida house. The trunk is really thin. The diameter can't be more than three inches. I haven't measured the tree, but it's gotta be about 10-12 feet tall and ...
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An unexpected brown-violet mushroom in my garden

My grandma is a great fan of mushrooms and knows quite a lot about them. About 10 years ago, she started throwing out mushroom remnants in one special place, in order to grow her own mushrooms. In ...
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What's eating my Peaches?

Several of my peaches have this crystalised goop on the outside, as seen in the first picture. Cutting the peach open reveals some kind of bug trail. The hole the bug made is full of the sticky ...
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Identification of houseplant and diagnosis of its discontent

About a week ago, I was given a houseplant (pictured), with the instructions to water it twice a week. Unfortunately, it seems to be fading fast - its leaves are drooping and the flowers are turning ...
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Can someone identify this plant with a strangely shaped leaf?

If someone could give me the name of this plant, I would be very grateful. Even a common name would do. The guy I bought it from does not know the name, but I know that it can only have two leaves ...
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Help identifying South Florida tree with large pink flowers that appear annually for a short time in the fall

Any ideas of what it could be? Edit: Added a picture without its flowers. The new image gives some reference for how tall it is and how much space its canopy covers.
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What is this houseplant, and what can I do to keep it from going downhill?

Looking for help with this plant we recently got. Not much of a plant person, but struggling with this one in particular. Don't know what it is..but I think it's slowly going. I think the soil is ...
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Can you help identify this fragrant tree?

Do you know your tropical trees? Can you identify this one? This picture of the tree's leaves and blossoms was taken in Thailand. The fragrance of these blossoms is very startling and unique. Thank ...
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Indoor house plant identification

Can anybody help me identify this plant from the picture posted? It has waxy rounded leaves and is very easy to look after. From the picture you'll see it is flowering late Summer / Autumn UK.
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Need to identify this plant please? [closed]

This plant comes up every year growing through gravel in a part sunny, part shady position in garden. It comes up in August and flowers late August to late September ( its still in flower now). It ...
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What is this grub-like bug that's eating my eggplant leaves?

Recently I noticed some bugs eating the leaves of my eggplant. This is the first time I've ever seen these and so far the only plants they are on are the eggplant, they wont touch the peppers next to ...
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Do I have a totem plant?

Several years ago I purchased a plant that looked like a tree trunk . Leaves sprouted out from the sides and the top had a wax covering that needed to be scraped off. The leaves are dark green and ...
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Please help me ID this apple or apple-like bush/tree in my yard - Small green apple with no stem and thorns

I have lived in this house for many years. I have always had a bush behind the shed that I couldn't identify. I always knew it was green most of the year and that it had thorns but that was about ...
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I found a plant in my garden that I am unable to Identify [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is this plant with long sharp leaves? Is it a weed? I found this plant in my garden that I can't identify. I've asked a few people and they don't know either. It's ...
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What are the black spots on my basil's leaves?

I have a basil plant growing and I have noticed on a few of the leaves -- only on this one type of basil plant -- I am getting these faded black spots. I tried looking online to see if I could find ...
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Identify this sprawling vine with five-lobed leaves with serrated edges

Can anyone identify this vine? It's currently growing on the ground, as it has nothing to climb, and it's sending out long shoots in several directions. I'm in zone 7a if that helps at all. Click for ...
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Help identify peach tree

I have a sadly neglected peach tree that with some spraying and pruning might continue to produce for a few more years. It has excellent peaches, and when the time comes, I'd like to replace it with ...
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Identify Common Lawn Varieties

I've run into this problem and I'm sure others will too: I want to know what variety of lawn I've got. Knowing your lawn type is important for: watering, PH levels, fertiliser, etc. And if you ...
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What are these swirly green growths inside my bell peppers?

I occasionally discover swirly green growths inside my bell peppers, such as the ones pictured below. What are they exactly? Are they edible?
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Which species is this Eucalyptus?

I noticed this spectacularly blue Eucalyptus tree growing in Seattle (USDA zone 8). It is partially shaded by a large Douglas fir and a building. Does anyone know Eucalyptus well enough to identify ...
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Can anyone identify this weed with jagged leaves and tiny white flowers?

Here is the image: It grows in the Northeast USA in poor soil. A bit invasive but pulls out easily. I have an idea of what it is but would like confirmation. Does not smell or taste herbaceous. ...
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Identify this spiny seed from Northern California

What plant does this seed come from? I remember it being a low growing, sprawling weed that produced a ton of these little seeds that easily stick to clothes. In Northern California.
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Identification of plant growing on Grange-over-Sands promenade, in organised flower bed

Plant growing adjacent to the sea, so salt tolerant. Dense, ground cover type plant. Longish, ovate leaves, central spine to leaf. Leaves green, central spine whiteish. Flowers on red stem stand above ...
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Colorado Plant/Weed Identification Thistle thing with purple flowers

Can anyone help me identify this plant? It is located in the foothills of Colorado. and a younger version: Have not had any luck that past few days online and would appreciate any shared ...
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What type of weeds are these?

I've tried looking but I can't seem to find the name of these weeds (in Australia): The leaves don't grow any larger than in the photo. It is vine-type and can spread for metres. Vine-root stuff is ...
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Squash or gourd? Monster plant growing from mulch put on empty bed

Please help me identify this monster plant. It grew by itself late July. Yellow flower, somewhat a rounded star shape, indented leaves, some with whitish patches, yellow round smooth "fruit", small ...
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I need to identify the following plants? [closed]

I have bought these plants recently but i don't know their names Plants Images Can you tell me their names ?
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What is this plant that resembles tomato and has small dark fruit?

I got lazy and let weeds takeover a bed near the porch that has some azaleas and perennials. When I went to pull some of the weeds, I noticed this ~3ft high plant that looks like a tomato plant. It is ...
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What is this small plant with tiny white flowers and tiny saw-teethed leaves?

I got a small plant (from my mother-in-law... ) on which I would like to have an ID with your help. I cannot say much about its life-cycle as I only got it recently: she told me it was once in a pot ...
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Pineapple or Date Palm?

I'm getting conflicting identification from various people. Does anybody know what the difference between a Pineapple and Date Palm is? Here are some palms that I have seen in my neighborhood each of ...
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What is this tall, fast growing plant?

We moved into this house in winter and now it is summer our garden is absolutely full of this stuff, so what is it and it isn't by any chance edible is it?
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What is this houseplant with large waxy leaves and a reddish base?

I have a problem with my house plant that I want to research on the net about what may have caused it and how to prevent it. The problem is I have no idea of the name of the plant. It looks like ...
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How can I get rid of this vine-like weed with small rounded leaves?

I've got the weed shown here all in my yard, and no one can tell me what it is or how to kill it. What is this and how do I get rid of it? Click any photo for full size
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What is growing in my garden that is pale yellow and pill shaped?

Near my immature corn plant (only one of them) is an odd, pale yellow, pill-shaped looking plant(?). Any idea what it is? EDIT: Took a picture a day later and it looks drastically different and ...
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What's making holes in the trunk/stem of my succulent? [closed]

Something is making holes in the stem/trunk of my succulent, and is now making holes in an offshoot. When I stick my fingers in the dark hole, it feels gritty. I don't see any insects in the hole or ...
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Can anyone identify this plant?

Can anyone identify this plant that I found growing in my backyard? It has a thin stem, long thin leaves that are paired on the stem, with a prominent central rib on the leaves. Click on image for ...
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Help on identifying a sharp leaved white-(another variety of it is red-)flowered perennial

In my garden I have a perennial (at least in a second year) in two varieties (one white-flowered, one red) of the scrub pictured below. I collected seed from it last year and I got seedlings from it ...
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What is this small annual with white trumpet-shaped flowers?

Moving into a house with a garden last year, I collected black-pepper-like seeds from a dried out small shrub. Putting two of them in a seeding pot resulted in having 2 small shrubs with relatively ...
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What kind of plant/mushroom is this?

Two days ago I noticed this thing growing semi-covered in my garden near a grapevine: As you can see, it was light purpalish - light pinkish kind of colour. On touch it was a bit soft, and the ...
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What are these seeds in papery pink casing?

I found these seeds all over my yard which I think were dropped by some nesting starlings. Each seed has a dry, papery pink casing. The attached photos show the seed inside the casing on the left, ...
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What is this insect with rough brown shell on potatoes?

This insect with a rough brownish shell showed up on potatoes at a friend's house in Vermont. I've looked around in books and online and can't find anything that's an exact match. Current control ...
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Houseplant Identification

I'm not sure whether I can ask this question here or not. For, I am attaching an image to be identified and it's not easily searchable. I bought this lovely plant yesterday, but I don't know its name ...
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Can you identify this small, formerly flowering houseplant?

I received this plant as a gift. It had flowers, but they have long since vanished. The plant seems to be doing fine- it's been putting out new leaves, and it's been six months. I recently moved it ...