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    I've noticed a pine on the Joppa Flats property that I haven't noticed before. It looks to me like Pinus mugs, with the short, bluish needles. It looks to have been planted, so I guess that is why it is missing in the distribution map for Essex County. Could you confirm or correct for me?
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    chaffeemonell, good morning. I'm not certain you have photographed Pinus mugo. The upright habit isn't typical, but the winter buds look very large for this taxon. The winter buds suggest Pinus sylvestris. If it is planted, then it would not be included on Go Botany (the only plants mapped their are wild or naturalized). (Wednesday, 18 September 2019)
  • Question
    Hi: Any thoughts on a species ID for this aster...growing in a field, up to 4 ft. high. Thanks
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    Dear JMP, it is hard for me to be confident without a close-up image of the involucral bracts, but it appears you have photographed Symphyotrichum pilosum (awl American-aster), a native species of open habitats. Best wishes. (Wednesday, 18 September 2019)
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    Hello, I would like help please with classification of Hypopitys. GoBotany recognizes two species currently, which I think is fairly new? I found this plant in the Blue Hills which matches the criteria for H. languinosa: pink stem, flowering in late Aug. Is that definitive? The distribution map on GoBotany does not document it in Milford County https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/32031443 Thank you
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    Dear ljcost, If you have an image you could upload or sent to me (ahaines@nativeplanttrust.org) I could help you with the identification. Deep pink to red stems during flowering are definitive (know that Hypopitys monotropa can become tinged with pink in fruit, but it is pale in flower and the coloration is fruit is quite muted compared with H. lanuginosa). I am not aware of Milford County in New England. Do you mean Norfolk County? (Wednesday, 18 September 2019)

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