WILD PLANTS OF EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS: QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
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Similar But Different

A real test here for you.I thought these two weeds were the same, but as I closely inspected I noticed they had different leaves. The flowers are the exact same color but one of them seems to be larger and more "in bloom". I'm thinking Golden Clover and perhaps False Strawberry?

Location: Backyard
Submitted by neef
(2018-06-16T14:07:58.514-07:00)

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Answer:

Potentilla argentea (silver cinquefoil)
These two plants have nothing in common. The one on top is one of yellow clovers (Trifolium agrarium, or T. campestre, or else T. dubium). Clovers are from pea family. The one on the bottom, silver cinquefoil is from rose family.
Irina
(Sat Jun 16 15:00:38 PDT 2018)


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Trumpet Like Flower

This was a cool little flower I found somewhere around here, maybe a month ago? It looked like a miniature "Angel's Trumpet" found in some fancier gardens.

Location: SE Mass
Submitted by neef
(2018-06-16T09:33:11.748-07:00)

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Answer:

Uvularia sessilifolia (little merrybells)
This plant looked like this long ago, in April/May. Now that the leaves are fully unfolded and the fruit (the former flower) finds itself at the origin of two new branches, it is hard to imagine that this is the same plant. If you click on the name and compare photos taken at different times, you'll see what I am trying to explain.
Irina
(Sat Jun 16 14:49:57 PDT 2018)


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White flowering wild shrub

Location: Southeast MA
Submitted by Charl 402
(2018-06-10T17:52:08.26-07:00)

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Answer:

Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)
Alien invasive rose.
Irina
(Sun Jun 10 20:22:57 PDT 2018)


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Another Common Weed

These are growing on the edge of various parts of my house (this is next to the basketball hoop). I hope this one is at least native.

Location: Yard
Submitted by neef
(2018-06-10T12:51:15.772-07:00)

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Answer:

Barbarea vulgaris (yellow rocket)
I am not entirely sure if the plant on the left = plant on the right, but if so, then, alas, it is not native.
Irina
(Sun Jun 10 13:21:42 PDT 2018)

Barbarea vulgaris (yellow rocket)
Is this the same plant as "wild mustard" or just coincidentally in the same family?
neef
(Sun Jun 10 16:31:24 PDT 2018)

Barbarea vulgaris (yellow rocket)
No, this is not wild mustard, but yes, it's in the mustard family.
Irina
(Sun Jun 10 17:14:18 PDT 2018)


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Tree ID

I thought it might be ash, but the alternate branch configuration goes against that theory.

Location: Easton
Submitted by neef
(2018-06-10T12:57:09.013-07:00)

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Answer:

Carya tomentosa (mockernut hickory)
The first photo is very nice! You can see scales and hairs on the leaf rachis (axis).
Irina
(Sun Jun 10 13:16:58 PDT 2018)

Carya tomentosa (mockernut hickory)
Cool! I am used to seeing Shagbark and Pignut; I don't think I've found Mockernut around here before. Thank you!
neef
(Sun Jun 10 16:34:51 PDT 2018)


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Honeysuckle?

I'm rusty with everything I learn this time of year. Is this Honeysuckle? If so what kind? Thanks!

Location: Roadside in Bridgewater
Submitted by neef
(2018-06-10T13:05:45.877-07:00)

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Answer:

Lonicera morrowii (Morrow's honeysuckle)
Most probably the invasive Morrow honeysuckle.
Irina
(Sun Jun 10 13:18:06 PDT 2018)


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Wondered what kind of plant this was

Has large leaf that looks similar to a sweet gum tree. It is about 3-4? tall. Blooms are about 3? across. I know it is not queen Ann?s lace.

Location: Orange, MA
Submitted by Brenda Berry
(2018-06-07T14:51:22.533-07:00)

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Answer:


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admin
(Thu Jun 07 15:03:57 PDT 2018)


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Native?

These leggy plants are everywhere and have just started to bloom

Location: Jaye St., Plymouth
Submitted by Sandy F
(2018-06-06T17:42:12.919-07:00)

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Answer:


Toad Flax
LT
(Wed Jun 06 19:30:27 PDT 2018)

Nuttallanthus canadensis (blue toadflax, old-field toadflax)
Finally someone else is identifying plants, not just me! Thanks, LT! This plant is native. It sometimes becomes a "weed," yet it grows in natural habitats, at times producing beautiful large clumps. P.S. I noticed LT wrote 'Toad Flax,' while my version is 'toadflax.' Here is how I understand the difference: 'toad flax' would mean a species of flax (Which flax? -- toad flax). Flaxes are completely different plants (Linum). There are many more examples like this. Comptonia is sweetfern and not sweet fern (because it is not a fern). Toadflax ended up in company with flaxes because before it was segregated as Nuttallanthus, it had been included in Linaria (where butter-and-eggs belong). And Linaria, in turn, was named after Linum (flax) "due to similarity of foliage," according to Fernald. Linaria's common name is toadflax. The beauty of common names is that, while Latin names may have changed a few times, common names stay with plants!
Irina
(Thu Jun 07 05:12:57 PDT 2018)


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Could this be Philadelphia fleabane?

Location: Jaye St., Plymouth
Submitted by Sandy F
(2018-06-06T18:08:18.868-07:00)

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Answer:

Erigeron annuus (eastern daisy fleabane)
This is another fleabane, a more common one. In Philadelphia fleabane leaves would be clasping or at least rounded at base, and these are tapering into a kind of a petiole. Another telling character is spreading pubescence on the stem.
Irina
(Thu Jun 07 04:41:07 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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Answer:

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)


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