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houseplant

This was gifted from work but no one here or at the local nursery can identify it.

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  • well, it's not an oleander. Is there any smell to the leaves when crushed? What colour is the sap? What colour is the stem and are the older stems a different colour?
    – kevinskio
    Nov 21 '13 at 19:30
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    Older stems are woody and resemble the stem of a "money tree". The newer stems are green, there is no sap and the scent is a fresh green smell.
    – Marsha
    Nov 21 '13 at 19:50
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I have an avocado plant and this looks like it.

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    Please add some detail: what characteristics of the plant make you think it's an avocado.
    – Niall C.
    Nov 23 '13 at 23:23
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    avocado leaves are normally wider with more prominent veins.
    – kevinskio
    Nov 24 '13 at 0:09
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Could this be a garden croton? We have one at home that has narrow leaves attached to the woody stem in this way. It tends to stay dark green when grown in a shady area/does not get any full sun.

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It is an Ardisia elliptica. A highly invasive shrub/tree to the southern United States, but is kept also as an ornamental houseplant. I have the same houseplant and assumed it was a species of Ficus for many years until the plant bloomed. If your plant has produced small, white-pink flowers that are bundled together facing downwards, it is almost definitely an Ardisia elliptica.

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