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What is this plant? (Air Potato)

My mom found this seed/plant/fruit thing in the backyard of a house she was selling and I have no idea what it is! Its stem keeps growing, at first it was 5 inches, now its like a foot, which grew over a week and the stem moves constantly! Please help me, I need to know what it is!

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Ashley from Jacksonville

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May 31, 20070 found this helpful

looks like an avocado to me.

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May 31, 20070 found this helpful

Hi, Ashley,

It looks rather like an 'air potato', a non-edible vine -- is that piece you are holding about the weight of a baseball and very solid? An air-potato dropped out of a tree that its vine was growing on, and broke the windshield of my car parked underneath!

But -- what did you mean by 'the stem moves constantly'? As if there were something alive in it?
EEK!

Nancy, also in Florida

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By guest (Guest Post)
May 31, 20070 found this helpful

Maybe is is one of those Invasion of the Body snatcher pods..LOL

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May 31, 20070 found this helpful

It reminds me of a dahlia tuber/bulb or whatever they're called. I just planted some and thought they looked an awful lot like a little potato. Dahlias grow pretty tall and their stems will wind around a bit if not staked. Here's a pic of a bunch of them.

Plant it back in the ground and see what happens. If it gets a vine, then it probably is a potato ;)

HTH,
Amy

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By guest (Guest Post)
May 31, 20070 found this helpful

It looks like an air potato.

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May 31, 20070 found this helpful

I just hope it's not a Triffid!!

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By guest (Guest Post)
June 1, 20070 found this helpful

I agreee with the air potato vine. It is virtually indestructable! If planted at the base of a tree it will wind itself around the tree as a beautiful vine, and these "potatoes" are the fruit (non-edible). The vine is pretty with lovely leaves.

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June 2, 20070 found this helpful

I did a yahoo search for pictures of an air potato plant, and came up with a "bulb" that has spots on it and a bright green vine. I just did not look like the plant in the picture. Now the picture you have looks like a sweet potato plant to me. Brown potato with purple vine. they make beautiful plants, and have very pretty flowers.

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June 10, 20070 found this helpful

It is a air potato plant. I had one that a friend gave me a few months ago. I never got around to planting it and left it on my nightstand for months. I noticed that it had begun to sprout and when it did in a few days it was very long and had green sprouts on it. It is a ugly pod that give a beautiful green full leaf and it wraps around a tree very nicely. Plant it and you will be pleasantly surprised.!

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