krison
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Unknown Office Bonsai

I was given this tree by a friend who didn't have room for it in her office any more. I would like to know what it is so that I can care for it correctly. I think it is a type of Bonsai, but I may be incorrect about that. The tree has simple, glossy, obovate shaped leaves that grow off the branches in an alternate order.

If you can help me figure out what type it is that would be extremely helpful.

Thanks,
Kris

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Looks like Adenium obesum. I don't have any experience with them, but I think their care is probably similar to jades.

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Kinda looks like a ZZ plant'...forget the actual name, but its a 'tuber' that needs practically no water except for ~once/month. I know googling ZZ-plant should get ya the species and pics to double-check...

I had one right next to chair I am sitting at, but wife rearranged the 'tropicals' yesterday, and now I cannot find it (?????????). A big Aloe is now there that came in from outside yesterday...weird that I just now noticed!

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Definatly a Adenium obesum, or Desert Rose. A google search should yeald all the informatin you need to know how to keep it in good condition. However, I would reccomend you change the soil its in ASAP to a better draining, more gritty one, judging by the way it looks in the picure.
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krison
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Thank you all for your help. I really appreciate it.

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No problem. Definitely not a ZZ plant, though. They're cycads, and have leaves in pairs, running parallel up each side of the stem.

A little off topic... A couple of years ago ZZs became very popular. One of our clients does commercial plant service (like palm trees in hotel lobbies, holiday stuff, that kind of thing) and they were using ZZs very heavily. We have one in our office and they're pretty tough. We usually forget to water it for stretches as long as a few months and the thing just keeps on growing. It also readily propagates from cuttings.

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They're cycads, and have leaves in pairs, running parallel up each side of the stem.
ZZ plants are not realy cycads (they do resemble them, though), but are a monocot angilosperm in the Araceae family, related to plants like the Philodendron. Cycads are gymnosperms, and are more closly related to conifer trees.
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Thanks for the clarification, I was always told they were cycads. ;)

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