The Ugly Green Thumb Returns!!

Tucson, AZ

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.

Prairieville, LA(Zone 9a)

Hi Linda. Here is the link to the original post...just to help keep track

Anne Arundel,, MD(Zone 7b)

Thanks for your persistance!

San Francisco, CA

The "expert" looking at a sample under a microscope could not tell if it was a moss or something synthetic?

Portland, OR(Zone 8a)

Thanks for keeping us posted, Linda!

When you get further results from the inspectors ask if there is a possibility of it being a Fungus stem gall. I don't remember if this was already suggested or not.

Tucson, AZ

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

Tucson, AZ

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

Prairieville, LA(Zone 9a)

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.

This message was edited Mar 17, 2013 6:17 PM

Anderson, IN(Zone 6a)

Less trouble just post this here and say UPL Unidentifiable plant life, Next the invasion that steals us all besides our interest in this ""critter"""?

Clarksville, TN(Zone 6b)

Eagerly waiting to hear the results of the investigation. ^_^

Perth, Australia

Me too. Fungus stem is an interesting idea. I keep wondering if it is an aerial root that has broken off another plant...

Prairieville, LA(Zone 9a)

I googled fungus gall images...YUCK...but I found one that is "sort" of similar...Taphrina pruni on a Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa)

Tucson, AZ

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

Charleston, SC(Zone 9a)

Could we get a peek (i.e., new photo) ? Please, please. We promise to be very quiet and not disturb it.

Clarksville, TN(Zone 6b)

Yes, indeed. :-D

Saint-Jean-sur-Riche, QC(Zone 5a)


Looking like a tree oblong fruit, you also write "It's very soft and spongy to the touch." sound like a description of a fruit for me.

Asimina (triloba??) fruit with some fungi according with what you tell before ????

Found in your terracotta pot just to mature seeds inside the fruit for a futher seeding, asimina fruit or another species.


Prairieville, LA(Zone 9a)

Hello.....anyone home? Hey Linda....any new pics or updates? It has been a few weeks....has the UGT changed any? Inquiring minds are inquiring....GRIN

Baltimore, MD(Zone 7a)

I think the UGT ate Linda-----Snuck into her bedroom and gobbled her up.

hey, Linda!!!! I know you must be bored wwith all this--but, to me, it has been one of the most
entertaining Threads of all times.

Pleas do not abandon us!!!!!!! Gita

Perth, Australia

:-( I was hoping for some news of the "thing", but it is just other curious folk.

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