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Questions and Answers

2021

  • Question
    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.
    Answer
    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.
  • Question
    Wasque reservation, Chappaquiddick, Martha’s Vineyard (Edgartown, MA). Plant found on beach Dec 12, 2020.
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    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.
  • Question
    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
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    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.
  • Question
    We have pastures in Petaluma, ca that this plant (ground cover type) is showing up and we have no idea what or if it is a safe plant for our livestock to graze on.hope you can help. Thank you Lthorne
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    Dear lthorne, good morning. You are a long way from my region of expertise (northeastern North America). That written, the plant you have photographed may be a species of Erodium (stork's-bill), in the Geraniaceae (geranium family). You should connect with an herbarium in your area that would have folks who can help you. If you need assistance with this, feel free to email me at ahaines[at]nativeplanttrust.org.
  • Question
    Hello Botanist, I see this vine growing in NYC near small ponds. It seem fairly common, but I would greatly appreciate your assistance.
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    Dear billythenyguide, good morning. You appear to have photographed Hedera helix (English-ivy), a member of the celery family. This vine is quite prolific in certain areas (often around human habitation). Best wishes.
  • Question
    Hi, this plant was left behind in a pot by a previous tenant. We don't know exactly what it is, but was told it might be elderberry. Photos are of the leaves and the base of the stem that seems to show it breads under the soil by rhizomes. We are in NYC, but not sure it's a native plant or bought online. Thanks in Advance.
    Answer
    Dear Saleekr, Good afternoon. I don't know who the plant in your photographs is, but I do know it is not any of the species of elderberry that grown in North America. The leaves are twice pinnately compound (those of elderberry are once pinnately compound). I wish I could assist you, but my expertise is wild plants of the northeast. Best wishes.
  • Question
    Hi there, I'm from Middlesex county, and I have seen Ilex opaca in a number of undisturbed forests as well as some forest fragments, however, I see that it is not listed as occurring in Middlesex county on Bonap data. The following individual is from the Hop Brook Natural Area in Framingham, where there are a couple of flowering individuals scattered throughout the red maple swamp, and which is the northernmost population I have found.
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    Dear Lucian, good afternoon and thank you for the report. These do appear to be Ilex opaca (as you determined). I will edit the county-level distribution map on Go Botany based on your sighting. Thank you again for providing this record.
  • Question
    Greetings, My name is Ruth I am writing to ask if you may recognize a plant that was brought to me from Mexico. I was told I can use it for tea. Please, if you can identify this plant it would be greatly appreciated.
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    Dear PRTLL52, good morning. There is no image associated with your question. Without one, I won't be able to assist. Mexico is a long way from my region of expertise, but I am happy to examine an image. If you are having trouble uploading an image, feel free to email it to me at ahaines@nativeplanttrust.org and I will try to help.