You nerdy plant people! I need your help.


This is one of the plants I purchased last year at the yard sale/plant sale that Darsh and his Myrtletown people put on.  For the first ten months it was just leaves on a stem.  However it has since grown quite a boner pointing to the sky.  Well, I am no plant person, but I would guess it is a male.


So…what is it?  I just hope it is not a type of plant that is going to release poisonous pollen.


12 thoughts on “You nerdy plant people! I need your help.

  1. Oh man, that is poison dick (Penicis poisontiana), you might die! You better give that thing to me before that flower actually blooms. I’ll give it back when it is done flowering.

  2. Hmm, I’m unable to tell just how big those leaves are since the size of the pot is hard to tell from the pictures, but I think that you may have a type of jasmine. However, I could be off by a country mile!

  3. Well, turns out I was wrong! I consulted with a family expert, looks like this one is most likely of the Peperomia genus due to its, umm, extended probiscus. You could probably use Google images to find the exact plant…and I’d advise against typing “Jasmine Big Round Leaves” or anything with the words “Jasmine” and “big/round”, because when I did that, something entirely different than flowers showed up (but admittedly, much more interesting!). 😛

  4. I’m pretty sure it is Peperomia; it isn’t a rubber tree.

    “Pepper-face” Peperomia is sometimes sold as “Baby Rubber Plant.” It is Peperomia obtusifolia in any case. The epithet literally means “blunt leaf” to distinguish it from the usual obovate leaved Peperomia.

    Dark green leaves are not a distinguishing feature of these. There are dozens if not hundreds of clone varieties sold in nurseries.

    I mean poison dick.

  5. Thank you…while I don’t know the Peperomias…I do know the real Rubber Tree is a Ficus and does not look like Mr. Tapperass’s plant. My brother who is a complete botany nerd explained the misleading common name and also guessed the same variety you mentioned. Cool!

    BTW Mr. Nice…was that from memory of did you find that in an article online? Regardless I think you win the plant nerd award! 😀

    P.S. I’d advise everyone to avoid typing “poison dick” into Google…the results were, well, let’s just say “irritating”! 😛

  6. BTW Mr. Nice…was that from memory of did you find that in an article online? Regardless I think you win the plant nerd award! 😀

    I knew baby rubber tree and pepper-face peperomia because I have one of these exact plants but with the dark green foliage. Mine looks almost exactly the same except it is decorated with mealy bugs and mealy bug damage. Peperomia obtusifolia is on the plant tag as well as both of the common names.

    But, I memorized everything else. Er… I guess there wasn’t anything else.

  7. Sorry… baby rubber PLANT. Sheesh. And I was just about to correct you on the Ficus. The rubber ficus is called rubber plant. The commercial rubber tree is a Euphorb. There is yet another rubber tree which was used by indigenous people to make rubber which is not the same as the rubber tree that it used today.

    See, that’s not confusing at all.

  8. Okay, thanks to google…

    So, there is Peperomia obtusifolia (baby rubber plant), Ficus elastica (rubber plant), Castilla elastica (Panama rubber tree), Hevea brasiliensis (rubber tree), and Parthenium argentatum (Guayale) which is used to make hypoallergenic latex gloves in North America and hypoallergenic condoms in Central America.

    Damn, now I know why my friend was trying to convince me to buy stock in that Nicaraguan hypoallergenic condom company.

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