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- Hello I was walking to work earlier today and this beauty caught my eye. Do you know the name of this flower/plant? Was thinking about growing it in my yard.
- Dear dior, you have photographed a species of Rosa (rose). However, I would need more images to have a possibility to identify which species it is. I need to see images of the stems (with the prickles), the leaves, and side-view of the flowers. Perhaps knowing the genus (a rose) will be sufficient for your purposes. Best wishes. (Monday, 18 January 2021)
- Wasque reservation, Chappaquiddick, Martha’s Vineyard (Edgartown, MA). Plant found on beach Dec 12, 2020.
- Dear katerosso12, good afternoon. It looks a lot like a seedling of Lathyrus japonicus (beach vetchling). I can see a small tendril being produced on one leaf, which would corroborate this hypothesis. Some of the leaves don't show a tendril tip, which may be because of the age. Best wishes. (Monday, 18 January 2021)
- Unknown grass The grass rhizome is very unusual, it grows in the woods, in a shady spot, in heavy wet clay, but I believe was brought by a builder, who dump loads of this heavy clay from another construction site, before I purchase the property. With this came lots of invasive species like field garlic, Japanese honeysuckle, Japanese barberry, rosa multiflora, stilt grass and others. This is why, I believe it is also invasive like the rest of them. My location is Nokesville VA
- Dear JoaM59, good afternoon. I wish I could assist, but I do not recognize this grass from the rhizomes alone. Hopefully you will find an answer to your question. Good luck. (Monday, 18 January 2021)