Comments for Tall, thin, palm-like, prehistoric looking succulent to ID please

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Aug 17, 2010
I'm stumped
by: Jacki

Hi Eric,
I'm hoping someone else will recognize your plant - the stem texture is pretty memorable, so with luck you will get an answer soon.

Aug 18, 2010
by: Countrymouse

WAY cool! I don't know what it is either, but it's really neat looking.
It's probably leaning because the weight of the top growth is pulling it in that direction. Are you turning the pot/terrarium 1/4 turn daily to ensure the plant isn't "leaning" toward it's light source?
You might try "staking" it like a tomato but I'd suggest doing so gently and using a "tie" that is soft and won't damage the stem of the plant.
Sometimes too, when you repot them you can sort or rearrange the rootball in the pot to eliminate the lean.
Great plant, hope we all learn what it is.

May 06, 2011
by: jacquie

unfortunately can't give you it's second name, but if you look at the very succulent euphorbias of southern africa like wooddii or caput-medusae you will see the stem pattern. To check prick your stem and see if the milky latex comes out,but then wash your hands!It is a severe irritant to eyes and skin causing urticaria and temporary blindness. Your plant needs a lot more sun!

Apr 19, 2012
by: ronaele

Could be an etoilated Monadenium.

Apr 20, 2012
by: jacquie

Yes, this is monadenium ritchiei, also described as euphorbia ritchiei by bruyns(2006)
Not enough sunlight so scraggly.
see Cactus Art's page.

Jun 15, 2012
I have that plant!
by: Catfish

I have the exact same plant!! :D
Only mine is much shorter, thicker in the stem, and the formation is slightly different, but that's the same plant.

I picked up my plant from an Art Festival from one of the vendors selling various succulents, but none had names attached. I picked out my plant among others, it was the only one of its kind, and it was weird looking, so I decided to buy it.

After trying really hard to search for a picture of this plant, I finally found it today with some of those other peoples help. It is indeed a Monadenium, but is specifically a Monadenium guentheri! Found it on here:
Monadenium guentheri, it's the 28th plant picture from the top! :)

It's not a common plant, so we got lucky! Hope I was able to help! :D

Jul 18, 2015
by: hippy

a master gardener gave me this same cactus and he said he got it in panama, and called it a snake cactus.

i looked up snake cactus and never found it either. it does look good in a hanging basket, as it has a drooping growth habit. as it grows, it loses its lower leaves and grows new ones.

it also has cute little babies that you can pull off and lay on top of the soil to grow separately.

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