WILD PLANTS OF EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS: QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
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Is it native

Blooming in several meadows east of fire tower.

Location: MSSF
Submitted by Frank Werny
(2017-07-20T10:35:09.284-07:00)

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Found these on Fearing Pond Beach

Location: Fearing Pond
Submitted by John Bescherer
(2017-07-18T16:29:03.717-07:00)

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Answer:

Trapa natans
Catastrophe! This is water chestnut. John, we have to report it to the DCR Ecologist. What a catch! I wonder if there are leaves on the surface of the pond.
Irina
(Tue Jul 18 18:50:29 PDT 2017)


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Roadside Flower

In a field. Only a few of these among other less interesting plants.

Location:
Submitted by neef
(2017-07-18T14:01:02.794-07:00)

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Vicia cracca
Bird vetch, a plant introduced from Europe. It has been often sown in seed mixes. And the grass on the right is timothy (Phleum pratense) of the same origin.
Irina
(Tue Jul 18 16:07:04 PDT 2017)


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What is it

Location: Pine Hills
Submitted by Frank Werny
(2017-07-17T18:00:16.091-07:00)

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Epipactis helleborine
Frank, this is a weedy orchid called helleborine, which is now on the rise in Plymouth and elsewhere. You can read about it, for example, here
Irina
(Tue Jul 18 04:42:30 PDT 2017)


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What plant is it?

Please let me know the name of this plant? Is this weed?

Location: Arlington, MA
Submitted by Lenin
(2017-07-17T10:16:26.286-07:00)

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Answer:

Hieracium sabaudum
Savoy hawkweed, an aggressive European plant from aster family. For a long time, it was mistakenly called "Canada hawkweed," which has produced plenty of confusion. I'd get rid of it before it spreads if it's somewhere within your reach.
Irina
(Mon Jul 17 12:07:51 PDT 2017)


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Berry Bush

This plant was also at the top of Mt. Tom like the Rock Rose you IDed for me a few weeks ago. Looks like Winter Berry, but it's obviously not winter. lol

Location: Mount Tom, Holyoke
Submitted by neef
(2017-07-16T11:04:23.47-07:00)

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Lonicera morrowii
Morrow honeysuckle. It does not look like a winterberry holly to me, because the leaves are opposite. If you look down this page, the same plant was posted 3-4 entries earlier. It's posted every so often, as it has become one of the most common and conspicuous plants. Unfortunately, tops of hills and even mountain summits around here have been infected by invasive plants the most.
Irina
(Sun Jul 16 12:07:41 PDT 2017)

Lonicera morrowii
It's very unassuming without flowers or berries, and I think I overlook when poking around.
neef
(Sun Jul 16 17:03:42 PDT 2017)

Lonicera morrowii
It becomes most prominent early in spring, when all the native shrubs are still dormant, and this thing is already green and growing. Ellisville State Park, for example, becomes all green very early in spring...
Irina
(Sun Jul 16 17:20:13 PDT 2017)


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Would this be Wood Lily (Lilium philadelphium)?

Location: Fields - Myles Standish State Park
Submitted by Spiffma
(2017-07-09T09:54:19.898-07:00)

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Lilium philadelphicum
Yes! Wood lily
Irina
(Sun Jul 09 11:46:36 PDT 2017)

Lilium philadelphicum
Thank you!
Spiffma
(Sun Jul 09 15:03:52 PDT 2017)


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Rosa Species?

I thought this might have been Swamp Rose, but this was at the top of Mt. Tom - not a swamp. lol

Location: Mt. Tom, Holyoke
Submitted by neef
(2017-07-07T17:19:20.661-07:00)

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Rosa carolina
Carolina rose likes rocks. It occurs in every single MA county.
Irina
(Fri Jul 07 19:02:29 PDT 2017)

Rosa carolina
Much better than my ID, thank you!
neef
(Sat Jul 08 20:28:01 PDT 2017)


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Yellow Flower ID

Couldn't find a match in my guide for this one.

Location: MSSF
Submitted by neef
(2017-07-07T18:28:52.082-07:00)

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Answer:

Hieracium venosum
Rattlesnake hawkweed, one of a few native hawkweeds.
Irina
(Fri Jul 07 19:05:15 PDT 2017)

Hieracium venosum
Excellent! Thanks for your help!
neef
(Sat Jul 08 20:27:19 PDT 2017)


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What is it

Location: Foxboro Canoe River
Submitted by Chuck Lippmeier
(2017-07-06T12:17:21.183-07:00)

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Answer:

Lonicera morrowii
An invasive shrub from Asia: Morrow honeysuckle
Irina
(Thu Jul 06 14:43:57 PDT 2017)

Lonicera morrowii
Thank you, I thought it might be a locus.
Chuck Lippmeier
(Thu Jul 06 16:00:20 PDT 2017)

Lonicera morrowii
This honeysuckle was named by Asa Gray in honor of James Morrow, who brought the first sample of this plant from Japan to the US. Morrow was the plant collector with the Perry Expedition to Japan in 1853.
Irina
(Fri Jul 07 06:12:30 PDT 2017)


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