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Plantidote of the Day 2010-12-22

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elephant ear philodendron

Mystery fern

This was shot last week, before the Great Deluge turned Zone 10 into a vast swamp. It's about three feet tall, seems to enjoy living in the shade of a couple much larger trees and looks familiar -- but what is it? (If you click on the image, you'll get a larger picture, which might be easier to identify.)

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Submitted by jerztomato on

It looks like Albizia julibrissin (Mimosa). I think it also goes by the name sensitive plant, but I'm no plant expert.

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Submitted by Andre on

and when I first saw it, it resembles the sumac that grows wild around here in zone 6. Look up golden cut lead sumac and see the resemblance in the leaf structure, not the color. Maybe I'm way off, but that's the first thing I thought of.

Submitted by hipparchia on

is my guess. there appear to be hundreds of species in 3? different genera. this one is common here in my area.

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Submitted by twig on

it does look like some of the mimosas, or possibly sumac or acacia. I'll keep an eye on it and see if it blooms or changes as it gets bigger.

Thanks, jerz, andre and hipp -- more to come!

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Submitted by badtux on

Acacias have thorns. Besides, like everybody said, it looks like some sort of mimosa to me.