by Emi

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Hey! I’ve always just called this plant the alien finger plant because it grows in Y-shapes that look like knobby green fingers. Any ideas? It loves it’s south-facing window and a little extra water here and there.

Drought Smart Plants reply:
Oh that is cute – Alien Fingers – love it!

I think this is similar to some other plants that people have asked about – see the pages listed here:

Unknown Plant

Pretty Succulent with Woody Stems

Both of these are still waiting to be identified, so if anyone recognizes any of these, please leave a comment!


Comments for Alien Fingers!

May 25, 2021

It is an euphorbia tirucalli
by: Xenia

I have one. It is called euphorbia tirucalli or fire sticks. See

Aug 31, 2020

“alien finger plant”
by: Nova

The person i got my plant from called it a Drunken Sailor plant.

Jan 14, 2016

by: mari avens

Just noticed my plant has tiny beads of sugar on hairs at leaf junctions. Yellow flowers in May. Growing very well.

Feb 03, 2013

Hatiora salicornioides
by: Anonymous

Hatiora salicornioides, or Drunkard’s-Dream

May 15, 2012

by: Anonymous

to me that looks to be rhipsalis ewaldiana. look it up

Sep 06, 2011

I have one of these.
by: Emma

It is nicknamed the Fire sticks or Sticks on Fire, aka the pencil cactus or red pencil tree. In the winter the top parts of the stick will begin to brighten with color thus the term “fire stick”. Its name is Euphorbia tirucalli. This also answer the question to “Unknown Plant” unfortunately not for “Pretty Succulent” that is a different plant probably of the same family.

Please BE CAREFUL as the white sap that comes off the plant WILL BURN the skin severely. Always use gloves when repotting this plant. And if you have little ones or pets, it is also POISONOUS if ingested. It likes full sun, although mine preferred otherwise and does well inside. Prefers cactus mix soil, light water needs, and very little maintenance.

Drought Smart Plants reply:

Emma, very good point about the sap – I came across some very interesting information that pointed out the EXTREME danger of getting this on your skin or in your eyes. See the page Poisonous Succulent Plants for more.

Sep 04, 2011

rhipsalis capilliformis
by: Anonymous

Alien Fingers, is called, rhipsalis capilliformis One common name is, “Old Mans Beard.”

Aug 21, 2011

alien fingers?
by: Labour of Love

One of the Rhipsalis, perhaps.