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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
    I came accross this growing in the middle of a river at Perdanales State Park in Central Texas about 45 miles West of Austin. I've been in Texas for 45 years and never recall seeing this. Not sure if it is native or not. The boanists around here are stuped. Any ideas?
    Dear swtexan, try comparing images/specimens of Ricinus communis (a member of the Euphorbiaceae). The palmately lobed leaves with mesifixed petioles is a good marker for this plant. Best wishes. (Tuesday, 24 March 2020)
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    Good morning, Here is another picture of the flowers of my mistery plant. They have a yellow tint before they open. Let me know if this helps. Thank you for your assistance. Julian.
    Dear Julianmoran, good morning. I'm sorry, but I do not recognize this plant. While it does look like a member of the Asteraceae, I can not yet make a match to any wild species in New England. (Monday, 23 March 2020)
  • Question
    Hello. I think this is Lonicera morrowii (Morrow's Honeysuckle). Do you agree or do you think it's something else? seen in a NY woods. quite a lot of it. thank you in advance.
    Dear dcmmings, while it is hard to be super confident with the emerging leaves, the pubescence on the leaf blades and young branchlets, as well as the hollow pith, all suggest this is Lonicera morrowii. Best wishes to you. (Monday, 23 March 2020)

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