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As can be seen in the image, the plant has a pink stem, pale green leaves, and grows close to the ground. It is also probably native to the Indian Subcontinent. (I currently live in Southern India.)

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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  • Are the leaves thick and fleshy? Thinnish and leathery? – Jurp Feb 11 at 14:32
  • @Jurp They are thin and leathery. – Sinπ Feb 14 at 12:31
  • This doesn't deserve to be an answer because I don't have a definite ID, but the growth habit of your plant looks like it could be a non-colorful species of aglaonema, homalomena, or other member of the Araceae family. Aglaonema tends to be native to the east and south of India while homalomena come from southern Asia, so that fits. There are cultivars of Homalomena with red/pink stems, but their leaves have more noticeable veining &/or different shapes. Other cultivars my match, though. For example, Homolomena 'Lime' matches leaf color and kind of the stem color, but not the veining. – Jurp Feb 14 at 19:44
  • I just discovered that many Homamolena have a strong smell of anise. This would, IMO, allow for a definitive ID as "Homamolena" if your plant also smells of anise (lack of the smell would not rule out Homamolena, though, but would rule out the ID). Best way to release the scent would be to tear or crush a leaf. Please let me know if the plant does or does not have a scent via a comment. – Jurp Feb 14 at 19:52
  • @Jurp There is no scent – Sinπ Feb 16 at 14:08
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OK I will start the ball rolling with Pokeweed. Reasons favouring this choice are the red petioles; note that in the Ohio weedguide description that the redness goes up the leaf stem but is visible on the underside only. Leaf is entire (no jaggies) and oval shaped, uncomplicated.

Against this choice (although the images offered are of a very young plant) are that the veining is not as complicated as in the Ohio description, also the leaf stems are clasping the main stem in the offered image, sort of like rhubarb. There is a curious hook on one of the plant petioles which is an unusual place to have a growth.

It should be easy to dismiss this as pokeweed later, if no "large fleshy white taproot" appears. Not sure why pokeweed would be in a pot.

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  • Sorry Colin, but this isn't pokeweed. It's become quite a pest where I live (from zero plants in my part of the city in 2015 to hundreds of them last summer), so I"m quite familiar with it in all stages of its growth (for example, the leaves in the photo are too narrow and have less noticeable veining than pokeweed of the same size plant). – Jurp Feb 11 at 14:21
  • Thanks Jurp. I will leave my answer in place just in case someone else falls into the same hole. I'll delete it when a much better possibility is suggested. As long as it stays at 0 votes it won't deprive others of the bounty. What on earth is that little hook thing on that leaf stem? – Colin Beckingham Feb 11 at 15:39
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I just scanned with Picturethis android app, it suggest Marsh seedbox (Primrose willows) or Cylindricfruit primrose willow.

On searching the internet, it seems there are so many different varieties for this plant. May be you can use this to narrow down your search

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  • Thank you for the answer. For the Marsh Seedbox, the reddish stem is a tick, but the other features seem quite dissimilar, based on the images I found online. The Cylindricfruit Primrose Willow also possesses different features, and is found in the southern states of North America, according to the wikipedia page. – Sinπ Feb 16 at 14:23

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