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What plant is this and what do I do with it?

I now work at a new desk and inherited this plant. Click to enlarge. What is it and what can I do with it (to fix it or trim it)? Indoors, no sunlight. I am not a gardener :)
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Plant coming up under creeping junipers and in other parts of perennial gardens [closed]

As I said above I just noticed shoots of plants coming up throughout my garden. They are a red color tip attached to very long bright green/yellow roots. Would like to know what this is and how to ...
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How can I rejuvenate a privet and hawthorn hedge?

I have a mixed hedge which is about 6 feet high. I think it is privet and hawthorn. Currently, it is very top heavy in terms of the growth, and it has a lot of bare stems lower down. Please see the ...
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What are these sphere-like things on my Camellia azalea tree?

There's about 3 of these sphere things on my Camellia azalea tree/shrub. Can anyone tell me what they are? Are they harmful? And also the leaves are browning at the tips and falling... Is that due to ...
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Is eye-level coppicing of trees unique to Turkey, and what species are typically involved?

When travelling in Turkey some years ago, I noticed many trees (25-40cm diameter) that appeared to have been heavily pruned at a height of around 2m. Only just before leaving did I realise that this ...
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Are these baobab or acacia trees?

I have some questions about some trees present in my study areas. I think there must be acacias trees and baobabs, but it's hard for me to distinguish them. Maybe there are also some additional trees ...
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What is this hanging plant?

The leaves of this plant are bit thick & filled as of any succulent plant. I have not seen any flower from 6 months, maybe it don't bloom. It likes hanging. Here are its picture: Full View: ...
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Is it really an Orchid plant? If yes, then which variety of it?

I had asked my plant vendor for an Orchid plant and I got this one. I am not sure if it is really an Orchid. Since 4 months, it is of same size as I got it initially, it never bloomed. I maintain its ...
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How to differentiate Tumeric from Lesser Galangal without digging it up?

I planted tumeric and lesser galangal in the same garden plot. I have a bunch of very similar-looking plants. Is there a reasonably easy way to tell them apart? I suspect I have only one lesser ...
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What is the name of this purple leaved hanging plant?

One of my hanging plant's name I don't know, can you identify it? here are its pictures: Full Plant: Leaves Front Side: Leaves Back Side: (Purple side)
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What is the name of this fat-stemmed plant?

I got this plant few months back, but I forgot to ask its name from the vendor. Could anyone identify it? I have taken a few pics: Full Plant: Stem: Flower: Leaves:
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What is this late-summer red flower?

I saw this flower at the botanic gardens yesterday. What is it? It's late summer here. It seems to have no leaves, so I guess it grows from a bulb or something similar. The total height was perhaps ...
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What was this large yellow-green fruit I ate in Ethiopia?

This summer I was eating a strange type of fruit in Ethiopia and I'm still curious to know what it actually was. The taste is similar to citrus fruits (little bit acid like a lemon and bitter like a ...
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what is this plant which has leaves like flower?

I found this plant in a garden near my office. I was so amused I took a picture and thought I would ask you all.
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help me identify this plant, has this special fruit

I'm having this plant from an year now, but till now I don't know the name, please can someone help me identify this plant and also tell me how keep him healthy. Here are the two photos for ...
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What is this little leaved plant?

The stem of this plant goes curling up like a creeper plant. It has small leaves. Not seen any flower yet, so not sure if it flowers or not. Zoomed-in: New added pic:
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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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Houseplant Help

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?

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 ?