I know two things about this plant 1 is that it does not need to be watered for a long time because it has been able to survive in my schools greenhouse for quite some time without water and 2 my teacher says she "thinks" it blooms purple or pink flowers. Thank you in advance for any help given!


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    $\begingroup$ Appears to be a succulent of some sort? $\endgroup$
    – daniel
    Commented Apr 4, 2016 at 18:02
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    $\begingroup$ Any information on where it's native to? $\endgroup$
    – C_Z_
    Commented Apr 4, 2016 at 20:25
  • $\begingroup$ "Succulent plant" means any plants that stores water inside their thickened body-tissue. btw "succulent" is Not a "taxonomic-group" like "phanerogams", "cryptogams" etc. Succulents found in different-groups of plants. It is one-sort of adaptation against dryness. So, many desert plants are succulent in nature. $\endgroup$
    – user25568
    Commented Aug 9, 2016 at 15:42

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I'm no expert on plants but it could be a kalanchoe. That's based mainly on the leaf characteristics and size.

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There's some 120 or so species mainly originating from the old world. These are quite drought tolerant as yours seems to be. They are a common houseplant and there are ways to stimulate reflowering so that also makes it a good candidate.

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  • $\begingroup$ Awesome!! How is this done? Do you just happen to know them or you enter the characters or something in a key? Like, what is the std approach when you have no clue and youve got to identify? $\endgroup$
    – Polisetty
    Commented Apr 4, 2016 at 21:55
  • $\begingroup$ @rg255 - JMusser will not get the ping unless he's posted in the thread. You might want to ping him in chat. $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 4, 2016 at 22:59
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    $\begingroup$ @Polisetty just persistence and searches! $\endgroup$
    – rg255
    Commented Apr 5, 2016 at 5:36
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    $\begingroup$ Looks like a Kalanchoe to me, too! To answer @Polisetty 's question, you might go about identifying this by noting that it is a succulent ('juicy' leaves and does not need to be watered frequently), that it's opposite-leaved, that the leaf margins are jagged (I suppose maybe 'crenate' specifically), and that it has red flowers. This isn't going to help you much in using a botanical key, but might give you a start in google image-searching... $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 5, 2016 at 14:30
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    $\begingroup$ I was thinking of Sedum spectabile, another member of the Crassulaceae. But maybe Kalanchoe is better. @Polisetty Try to make it flower! $\endgroup$
    – RHA
    Commented Apr 7, 2016 at 9:41

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