WILD PLANTS OF EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS: QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
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Confirmation of Salix cinerea submitted to EDDMaPs

Location: see attached
Submitted by Karen Lombard
(2018-07-16T08:59:29.108-07:00)

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Completely stumped by this strange plant

Hello Irena, Old friend here. We discovered this strange plant growing on the side of an old farm road at "High Ledges", Shelburne Falls (actually at an Audubon Site). The plant was all by itself and was better than 6' in height. It appeared very healthy and unlike anything else. Could it be related to Canadian Snakeroot or some strange invasive? Kind regards, Salvy

Location: Shelburne Falls MA (app. 1300') along old woods road
Submitted by Salvatore Raciti
(2018-07-16T07:00:58.429-07:00)

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Hi Irina, you have such a great website! Can you please help me ID this plant that looks like reeds? Thanks Ivan

Location: Little Herring Pond, Plymouth
Submitted by Ivan Mikolji
(2018-07-11T10:45:47.136-07:00)

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Thanks for praising the site, Ivan! It is impossible for me to tell if this is phragmites or something different, as the resolution is way too low. Can you produce closer views and send them without scaling?
Irina
(Wed Jul 11 15:31:26 PDT 2018)


can I send you the full resolution image to webmaster@salicicola.com ? My email is mikolji@gmail.com
Ivan Mikolji
(Wed Jul 11 20:01:35 PDT 2018)


Yes, please use this address, it is functional.
Irina
(Thu Jul 12 06:08:06 PDT 2018)

Juncus militaris
Bayonet rush (native). Thanks for the images with the better resolution.
Irina
(Fri Jul 13 14:53:49 PDT 2018)


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wondering if this is an invasive?

Location: North Dartmouth
Submitted by Hamm
(2018-07-11T12:19:06.77-07:00)

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Cardamine hirsuta (hairy rock-cress, hoary bittercress)
Yes, this appears to be this alien plant that has become widespread recently--especially in lawns, on disturbed/managed lots, but also entering natural habitats. Has a potential for becoming invasive. Even though the plant is called "hairy," it does not live up to its name, does not look hairy at all. Tis is a bit confusing; however, if you closely examine the leaf petioles, you'd find tiny white hairs, especially at the petiole origins.
Irina
(Wed Jul 11 15:41:14 PDT 2018)


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Is this black-bindweed? Establishing along a berm high above a wetland. Is it native/invasive?

Location: Foxborough
Submitted by Peter Dubendris
(2018-07-11T06:36:31.192-07:00)

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Polygonum convolvulus (false buckwheat, black bindweed)
I agree with you, Peter. This plant's more recent Latin name is Fallopia convolvulus. No, it is not native, it originates from Eurasia, so you could definitely get rid of it.
Irina
(Wed Jul 11 08:51:26 PDT 2018)


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Common Shrub

Why am I not recalling what this is?

Location: Cumberland Farms Fields
Submitted by neef
(2018-06-20T16:43:09.102-07:00)

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Impatiens capensis (jewelweed)
Another common name of this common plant of moist habitats is orange touch-me-not.
Irina
(Thu Jun 21 04:36:26 PDT 2018)

Impatiens capensis (jewelweed)
Ah, yes! No orange flowers out yet, but the leaves looked so familiar. Thanks!
neef
(Thu Jun 21 14:39:03 PDT 2018)


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Oddball Tree

This tree was tangled with others that I am familiar with.My guess is a small Black Tupelo because of the leaf arrangement.

Location: Cumberland Farms Fields
Submitted by neef
(2018-06-20T16:44:20.959-07:00)

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Nyssa sylvatica (tupelo, black gum)
That's what it is, you are right. Usually they grow in groves. You could have found more tupelo among older trees.
Irina
(Thu Jun 21 04:47:33 PDT 2018)


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White Flower

Another disturbed soil flower. Thanks!

Location: Cumberland Farms Fields
Submitted by neef
(2018-06-20T16:52:06.956-07:00)

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Rubus allegheniensis (Allegheny blackberry, common blackberry)
If you call herbaceous plants flowers, then this is not a "flower": it's semi-woody.
Irina
(Thu Jun 21 04:42:15 PDT 2018)


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Loan Daisy

Bird's Foit Trefoil next this one, but this simple daisy has me baffled because it's not a Black-Eyed Susan. lol

Location: Cumberland Farms Fields
Submitted by neef
(2018-06-20T16:53:21.596-07:00)

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Leucanthemum vulgare (oxeye daisy)
A daisy from Europe.
Irina
(Thu Jun 21 04:38:59 PDT 2018)


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Native? May be several plants from clump of seeds

Location: Jaye St., Plymouth
Submitted by Sandy F
(2018-05-29T18:34:41.345-07:00)

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Bidens vulgata (tall beggar-ticks)
This must be one of beggar-ticks; most of them would not survive in a backyard or front lawn, as they are obligate wetland plants. There is only one, as far as I have seen, that can easily jump to roadsides, lawns, etc. This is tall beggar-ticks. It's believed to be native. This is an annual that can grow to 1.5 m, according to manuals. I once measured one that was 2.4 meters tall!
Irina
(Thu May 31 05:07:58 PDT 2018)

Bidens vulgata (tall beggar-ticks)
Perhaps these are the same beggar-ticks you id'd last year; I scattered the seed. Would it be possible to view entries from last year again?
Sandy F
(Wed Jun 06 11:58:35 PDT 2018)

Bidens vulgata (tall beggar-ticks)
Yes, it is possible to view previous entries. See below.
Irina
(Wed Jun 06 15:03:42 PDT 2018)

Bidens vulgata (tall beggar-ticks)
There used to be a link called -- previous entries -- one could click on but it is no longer visible from outside of the dashboard.
Sandy
(Wed Jun 20 15:26:16 PDT 2018)


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