> I've had a certain houseplant for years, but never knew what it was;
> none of the books I've seen can identify it, and everyone I've shown
> it to -- including people at the local nursery -- has been stumped. <snip>
Hi Andrew !
Looks like a croton (Codiaeum) to me. Click on the following unusual
URL and it will take you to the Time Life encyclopedia entry on
Codiaeum..complete with picture. Let me know if I missed and I'll try
again :) Here's the URL: