Linda here again. The UGT survives and MAY be growing a little bit, but no discernible leaves so far. My UGT has been traveling. I took it to the Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society meeting. No one knew what it was, and I also sent photos to another weird plant shop here in town. The guy there was going to circulate the pictures to see what he could come up with. Nothing so far. Today, I took the plant to, perhaps, the best greenhouse for cacti and succulents in the whole Southwest, Arid Lands.Three ladies looked at it there and no one had a clue, BUT, one of the experts there was interested enough to take a little snip of it to look at under a microscope. She thought it might be a moss of some sort, but she also said she felt it might be synthetic. That's not so and I'll swear to it. Anyway, I'll let you know what I hear back. Sorry I could not get this post linked to the multitude of others, but I'm not techie. The mystery continues.
Hi all. Vestia, the lady who said she'd look at it under a microscope has not reported back to me yet, but I believe she will confirm that it's plant matter. GardenGuy, I can't be sure, but I don't think the possibility of it being a fungi has been mentioned yet. I'm just lovin' it that this is something that intrigues my fellow plant nuts and I can't wait to have the mystery solved! I will keep you all posted. Linda
Hi, Moonhowl. Don't know how to link them, but good to know where to find the older link. Still waiting for an answer from my "expert". Certainly, Vestia, if she can't tell plant matter from plastic, we're in trouble. I sent her some more photos of it from a few months ago to try to pique her interest. Linda
Hi Linda...just thought I would stick that up there for any newcomers or the intrepid trompers who need to refresh their memory. To link two posts, you copy the location of the first post by clicking on the address line at the top, then go to the second post, and paste the address line into a new response.
I included a link to this thread from the old one so folks don't get lost.
Hello to all. Well, I saw my expert a few days ago and she didn't feel she took enough of the UGT to make a determination, but now, her strong inclination is that it is a moss. She thinks she saw something very similar to it described on a National Geographic episode on the Ancient Incas, where it was growing exclusively in one valley. My UGT truly IS growing, but extremely slowly, so can't give you much news on that. Just some light green "eruptions" beginning to come out of it at the end furthest from the area where we observed roots. My "expert" asked me to bring it back when the new growth gets a little further along so she can observe that and take a little bigger piece for study again under a microscope. I think she now agrees that it's not "plastic" and states that she's never seen anything remotely like it before in person. A fungi?? I do have some bird's nest fungi in my greenhouse, so I guess it's wet enough in there for fungi in some places (this is Arizona, ya' know!), but, now that I think of it, I would not be heavily watering a Beaucarnea. In comparison with a fungi gall, Moonhowl, I would describe my UGT as "yucky" (NO offense taken!!). The mystery continues. Regards, Linda