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- Hello, this grass was found in a dry rocky understory of a deciduous forest in SE Connecticut. The grass was in a small colony with individuals up to 2 feet in height. The loose inflorescence was approximately 6 in. The widest leaf blade was apprx 1-inch in diameter. Based on the description, the closest I could come was Piptatherum racemosum...unfortunately I didn’t have a ruler to measure the lemma awn or the spikelet. Thanks!
- Good morning eehrlich11, you have photographed Patis racemosa (black-seeded-rice grass). This species has been known by the name Piptatherum racemosum in recent literature. The broad leaves that are well developed on the upper part of the stem and long awns on the lemmas are good characteristics to distinguish this from other closely related species. (Tuesday, 7 July 2020)
- Hi! Found this plant in SE CT. There was no flower but the leaves were lobed and the stem was heavily pubescent. The plant was in upland forest growing next to a rock. Thanks
- Dear eehrlich11, good morning. You have photographed, most likely, the basal leaves of Ranunculus recurvatus (hooked crowfoot). This native species has lobed leaves with an outline much like you have captured here in your images. If you examine other pictures online, I think you will note the similarity. Best wishes. (Tuesday, 7 July 2020)
- I understand this site is geared towards ID rather than forest pathology but wanted to see if you had any insight: this is a heavily damaged witch hazel. This disease has impacted many naturally occurring H. Virginana in the area and the plants have 60-90% of their leaves affected. The leaves turn brown. It’s unconfirmed but may be a fungus Phyllosticta hamamelidis based research. Is there a possibly fatal disease that heavily impacts this species and is it known to be a bad year?
- Dear eehrlich11, I do wish I could help with your question, but I'm not a plant pathologist. The leaves you have photographed don't seem to be experiencing the exact same symptoms as other images I have viewed of this pathogen. I don't know for certain who it is, but I hope you are able to find out. Best wishes. (Tuesday, 7 July 2020)