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PostPosted: Sat Oct 24, 2015 10:57 pm    Post subject: Help with identification, please Reply with quote

I found this plant growing on the spectacular cliff tops at Cape St Vincent, Portugal several years ago and I brought home a small cutting which, as you can see, has prospered. I'd like to know what it is.
It was growing in profusion, in dense mats on almost bare limestone pavement. It's flowers were mostly withered but seemed to have been daisy-like with many narrow petals and to have been yellow. They were not unlike mesembryanthemum flowers. i thought originally it was hottentot fig (which I know can be invasive in some sites) because it's leaves were much skinnier in the wild but I now see there is no resemblance.



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 25, 2015 3:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd say it's an Aloe.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 25, 2015 9:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You could call it Vera GG!
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 25, 2015 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Although it looks like an Aloe, the 'daisy' flowers don't fit. I think most Aloes have clusters of tubular shaped flowers on long stems.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 25, 2015 12:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's definitely not an aloe - Sue is right, there. Another thing, although its growth seems clustered in this pot, in the wild it spreads by extending 'chains' of fleshy stem with rosettes of leaves. You can see the beginning of this on its left. What look like grey marks on the leaves is builder's dust - it was outside until recently!
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 25, 2015 8:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If it wasn't so thorny on the end I would have said its a Hottentot Fig.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 25, 2015 9:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think Agave
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 25, 2015 9:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've realised the leaf doesn't have the equilateral-triangle cross section of the hott. fig. And I think the aloes all carry their flowers on tall spikes - the flowers being kind of bell shaped, rather than daisy-like.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 25, 2015 11:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Isn't agave a constituent of tequila? Portugal???
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 25, 2015 11:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok I give up! I have found loads of photo's of similar looking plants and several pictures of succulents with daisy flowers - just not the two together! It's got me beat! Confused
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 26, 2015 12:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know! So many of them look similar. And it might well be a garden escapee and not be Portugese at all. Oh to be a botanist!
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 29, 2015 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Has your one flowered here yet, Good Guy?
Or did it only flower in Portugal?
The flower points it towards Mesembryanthemums but the prickles on the leaves points it towards Scrambling Aloes. Maybe it was born on the wrong side of the railway tracks? Shocked

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