a strange little man!

Durham, OR

Hello hello!

I have a friend in LA who was sold this odd little tree as a houseplant, but they never said what it was called, so the friend has no idea how to care for it. I offered to try and ID it, but I'm afraid it has me stumped. A very interesting arrangement for a palmate leaf, with two little lobes making a line across the stem. Glossy. Leafing from more than one place on the "trunk." Planted in what looks like cactus mix, but my friend has no pH tester so idk the acidity of the soil.

Much appreciate any help for finding out the name of this strange little man.

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Castro Valley, CA

This is a wild guess! Brachychiton rupestris

Durham, OR

@ZilyZily that's a really fun tree wow, but unfortunately doesn't look quite right. This little dude has pretty distinctive leaf shape.

Castro Valley, CA

LOL I thought of Brachychiton rupestris just because of those leaves! And the shape and looks of the trunk. I saw a Brachychiton rupestris bonsai a long time ago and it had similar leaves and look.

In looking it up just now I see the leaves of Brachychiton rupestris can be quite variable but I found this one shot under 'more images' on the bottom of the Top Tropical web page -
https://toptropicals.com/pics/garden/m1/Brachychiton/Brachychiton_rupestris7099.jpg

https://toptropicals.com/catalog/uid/Brachychiton_rupestris.htm

The various leaf types are described in an article by PalmBob - "various leaf forms of Brachychiton rupestris: simple lanceolate, trident dissected and the most popular form, the super-thin leaflet form"
https://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/2113

Still a wild guess though. LOL All the Brachychiton species are all so cool! The leaf shapes, the trunk shapes, the incredible flowers and the so weird seedpods. Did I mention I love them a lot! LOL This is the photo I happened across years ago that got my lifelong attention after I saw it. Any tree with that much pink has to be good. https://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/showimage/296921/

Still a wild guess though. LOL But fun!

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