I got a plant as a present. What is the name of this plant? How often should I water this plant? Does this plant like sunlight?

Image of a plant with deep green, paddle or teardrop shaped leaves sitting in a bot by a window.  Approximately 10 inches high.

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    May 16, 2023 at 19:13
  • @Community I know absolutely nothing about plant so I have 0 information I can provide unfortunately. I don't even know what is the name of the plant.. May 16, 2023 at 20:11
  • You could ask the person who gave it to you, most efficiently. As for here, you might edit your question down to what it is, which may well provide enough information to answer your other questions. Does the pot it's in have no holes for drainage? That's a common problem with gift plants, that helps to kill them. Non-specifically, it looks like some type of succulent, which generally goes with "infrequent watering, but that can be submerging the pot for 20-30 minutes and then letting it drain" - if it has drain holes. If not, repot it into a pot with drain holes.
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    May 16, 2023 at 22:05
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What a handsome plant!

I believe this is a Clusia rosea (AKA Autograph Tree) based on:

  • Opposing, dark green simple leaves
  • Leathery leaves with smooth edges
  • Pinnate leaf venation
  • Obovate / teardrop shaped leaves

An internet search for "clusia rosea houseplant care" will tell you everything you need to know to care for it, but a few highlights:

  • It is invasive in Hawaii and other parts of the world
  • It is toxic to pets and humans if ingested, including the fruit
  • It needs well drained soil - if that pot doesn't have drainage holes, it isn't suitable for the plant
  • It likes sunlight, warmth, and humidity
  • It's called an Autograph tree because damage to the leaves will scar for the leaf's life, so you can write on it.

A single leaf from an Autograph Tree, showing the name 'Bill' signed on the leaf

  • To me the leaves dont quite match up. May 17, 2023 at 19:59
  • @RohitGupta I've added what made me believe it's an Autograph Plant to the answer. The leaf shape in OP's picture is a bit more elongated than most of the examples I see online, but I do see examples with leaves as long as OP's.
    – MackM
    May 17, 2023 at 22:32
  • Thats a much better answer +1 May 18, 2023 at 4:54

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