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Old 10-01-2014, 01:15 AM
 
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Does anyone have an idea about this? I saw it in someones yard and found its structure fascinating. It is located around Long Beach, CA.
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Old 10-01-2014, 06:27 AM
 
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Asclepias physocarpa Milkweed (Balloon plant, Swan plant) | Joyful Butterfly
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Old 10-01-2014, 01:46 PM
 
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the first picture--I'm not sure, but the 2nd is a prickly pear cactus. I know I live in Arizona where they grow wild.
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Old 10-01-2014, 04:45 PM
 
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the first picture--I'm not sure, but the 2nd is a prickly pear cactus. I know I live in Arizona where they grow wild.
Huh? No, it's not a cactus. I identified it above.

Here is another link:

http://www.barbadine.com/pages/Ascle...carpa_lien.htm

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Old 10-01-2014, 04:51 PM
 
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the first picture--I'm not sure, but the 2nd is a prickly pear cactus. I know I live in Arizona where they grow wild.
The second picture is a closeup of a seed pod with spines. The seed pods are also in the first picture.

If it were a cactus, each spine would be surrounded by an areole. Also, live cacti are generally green and fleshy, not brown and papery.

Edited to add - I agree, a milkweed of some kind. OP, do you remember what color the flowers were?
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Old 10-02-2014, 12:54 AM
 
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Huh? No, it's not a cactus. I identified it above.

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Asclepias physocarpa
Thank you very much CM, it indeed is what you identified it as. I can see how someone might have thought prickly pear based on the perspective of the second picture, but I would surely have identified that!

The seed pods were the fascinating part of it, the rest of the plant was rather unremarkable. Not sure I would want to have it in my yard.
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Old 10-02-2014, 06:43 AM
 
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Thank you very much CM, it indeed is what you identified it as. I can see how someone might have thought prickly pear based on the perspective of the second picture, but I would surely have identified that!

The seed pods were the fascinating part of it, the rest of the plant was rather unremarkable. Not sure I would want to have it in my yard.
Yeah I think it's a little freaky looking myself.
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Old 10-02-2014, 02:05 PM
 
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There's yet another common name for it, which I learned when I found one on the table in our Master Gardeners Hotline office a few weeks ago: Hairy Balls Milkweed. It was QUITE the topic of conversation!

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...4499023&type=3
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Old 10-02-2014, 02:44 PM
 
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Yeah I saw that name too. Don't think I would use it though!!!
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