piggyback plant

piggyback plant

noun
a plant, Tolmiea menziesii, of the saxifrage family, native to western North America, that produces new plants at the base of its broad, hairy leaves and that is popular as a houseplant.
Also called pickaback plant.
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piggyback plant

(Tolmiea menziesii), hairy-leaved herbaceous plant, in the family Saxifragaceae, native to western North America. The pickaback is a popular houseplant, particularly notable for its curious reproductive abilities: the leaves of the parent plant arise from an underground stem and, when mature, they produce new plantlets from buds at the base of their leaf blades.

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