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Our ace botanists are here to help you identify wild New England plants and to answer questions about their ecology and conservation. When posting a question, please provide the location, habitat (e.g. river, mountain, woodland), and photographs of the plant.

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Recently Answered Questions

  • Question
    Hi, Is this flower common cinquefoil? It was found growing in a shaded clearing on June 14 in the Blue Hills in Milton, MA.
    BrooklineBiker, while I can't be 100% certain, your plant does look like Potentilla simplex (old field cinquefoil), one of our most common species that is found in open areas and along roadsides. It is a trailing species with palmately compound leaves and flowers born on long, slender stalks. (Tuesday, 18 June 2019)
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    Hi, Is this flower a dewberry? Raspberry? Something else? Itw as found growing in a shaded clearing in the Blue Hills in Milton, MA.
    Dear BrooklineBiker, good afternoon. You have photographed a species of Rubus subgenus Rubus (blackberries). I can't tell you which one because some necessary features are not visible in the images. If you have interest in knowing which species, we can communicate about what information I need to accurately determine this plant. Feel free to email at ahaines[at] . (Tuesday, 18 June 2019)
  • Question
    Hello again, This is SueLLB. Yesterday I had a question on the Mountain Ash trees. These trees are located in Salem Sound, Massachusetts. I hope this further information is helpful to you. Thank you, Sue
    Dear SueLB, the images you refer to appeared to belong to Sorbus aucuparia (European mountain-ash). (Tuesday, 18 June 2019)

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