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Hello! :)
Got some plants I can't identify that have been growing in my pots. You guys know any of these weedlings? :p

Plant #1: This one has been growing next to my suffering aloe.

Plant #2: It looks familiar, but I just can't pin the name down.

Plant #3: This one is the biggest of them all.

Plant #4: I've been told this MIGHT be an eggplant in a previous thread. It hasn't grown much since last time because insects have been attacking it during the winter.

Plant #5: Nobody has been able to ID this so far. It looks very interesting though.
 

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The second one is Caesalpinia pulcherrima. Sometimes called the pride of barbados, not sure what the common name would be in your part of the world
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It looks really nice! :eek:
I'm going to move it to a separate pot, but I'll need to find loamy soil first...
 
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It is a legume (Fabaceae family) and puts nitrogen in the soil. It also has spines when it grows up a little. Here is a photo of the flower
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The flower looks divine. The mystery of plant 2 is solved. Any leads on the other 4?

Forgot to describe plant 1. It has green leaves as you see, but the underside of some leaves is purple.
 
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The second one is beautiful, here it's called a Mexican Bird of Paradise. I've had one in my front yard for a few years.
 
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I transplanted it into a separate pot. I think it's going through shock because the moment I dug it out, the leaves seemed to sag suddenly within a minute. Its roots ran deeper than I thought so I might have ripped out one or two deep lateral roots, other than that it's in one piece. I really hope it makes it.
 
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As for #1, i think it may be a Tradescantia. You might look through images of this plant to see if you can make a match.
 
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Are the leaves of #3 hairy? Possibly a Brazilian Verbena. As for the last two, i have not a clue.
 
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Well #5 maybe a Rosemary herb that is sun deprived. The problem is the red stem, i have never seen a Rosemary with a red stem...could be a result of sun deprivation. Do the little leaves have any fragrance? If they do, that might tell you something. You would have to rub them between the fingers to see. If it doesn't have a fragrance that doesn't tell you it is not a Rosemary though because it is probably too small to have a fragrance anyway.
 
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#5 has no smell, but the leaves are finger shaped. If I pulled out out, you wouldn't be able to tell which side is up.
 
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Plant #5 Something of Aizoaceae ( Mesembryanthemaceae).
Perhaps one of the kinds of Lampranthus haworthii. It is necessary to see the flowers.
 
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#1 and #5 are as tall as a finger. I think #1 is beginning to flower. #5 has a pinkish/reddish stem.
 
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#2 looks like a mimosa tree seedling to me.
Could be a mimosa, the leaves are very similar but Mimosa leaves close up either at night or when touched, i can't remember off hand which and the individual leaves are somewhat finer. Still, this is a little one and probably too soon to know for sure.
 
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After I transplanted them, they stayed closed for a day and a half. They're slowing opening right now, half way through. I believe they were in shock. They don't react when I touch or poke them at all.
 
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After I transplanted them, they stayed closed for a day and a half. They're slowing opening right now, half way through. I believe they were in shock. They don't react when I touch or poke them at all.
It sounds like your transplant is going to be successful :) Let it recover from the transplant and grow up a bit and we may be better able to give you a more specific ID. Mimosa leaves generally close up at night or during rain storms. It is Mimosa pudica (aka the Sensitive Tree) that has leaves that fold up when touched or exposed to heat. That the leaves folded up for a day and a half would be post-transplant trauma. You might take a look in the evening if the leaves are folding up. It is hard to say now, because some plants have to reach a certain maturity to reveal special features. The spines on the Caesalpinia pulcherrima for example don't show up initially. And if i remember correctly, the leaves don't fold up at night.
 
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I screwed up while watering the Mimosa(?) and dropped the watering can by accident and soaked it this morning. The lower two lower leaf branches turned yellow within a few hours and the leaves closed again. I moved it to a very sunny spot to try the soil up. :oops:
Hopefully the heat next morning dries it up completely.

Also, plant #1 seems to close visibly during the night.
 
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I screwed up while watering the Mimosa
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Does the pot have a drain hole at the bottom? If not, it must be done. If it is, then you can take a paper towel and put it down under the pot. When the towel becomes wet, it must be replaced by a dry one. This must be done several times. Then the excess moisture will leave the pot. But if you put a weakened plant in the sun, it can kill the plant.
 

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