WILD PLANTS OF EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS: QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
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Is this an invasive Norway maple?

Location: Jaye St., Plymouth
Submitted by Sandy F.
(2017-09-03T19:07:49.205-07:00)

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Answer:

Acer platanoides
Yes, that's the infamous Norway maple.
Irina
(Mon Sep 04 05:45:45 PDT 2017)


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This looks sort of like pin cherry but the leaves seem farther apart?

Location: Jaye St., Plymouth
Submitted by Sandy F.
(2017-09-03T20:23:09.65-07:00)

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Answer:

Prunus serotina
This seems to be yet another black cherry. Again, check the leaf underside.
Irina
(Mon Sep 04 05:42:15 PDT 2017)


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Could this be skunk currant?

Location: Jaye St., Plymouth
Submitted by Sandy F.
(2017-09-03T20:42:06.732-07:00)

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Answer:

Acer platanoides
Norway maple seedlings.
Irina
(Mon Sep 04 05:40:44 PDT 2017)


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Is this an American Yew?

Location: Jaye St., Plymouth
Submitted by Sandy F.
(2017-09-03T21:07:39.287-07:00)

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Answer:

Taxus cuspidata
This is Japanese yew. "Cuspidata" means "having leaves with a small conspicuous point at apex." This yew and also English yew (T. baccata) are the two found around homes and sometimes in woods, as escapees. American yew (T. canadensis) is a rarity, especially in eastern MA. One example closer to us is the population in Middlesex Fells Res., Stoneham. American yew never forms a single upright trunk.
Irina
(Mon Sep 04 05:37:55 PDT 2017)


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Is this inkberry? Or black huckleberry?

Location: Jaye St., Plymouth
Submitted by Sandy F.
(2017-09-03T21:24:53.136-07:00)

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Answer:

Gaylussacia baccata
Yes, that's right, black huckleberry.
Irina
(Mon Sep 04 05:26:12 PDT 2017)


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What is this strange little plant?

Location: Jaye St., Plymouth
Submitted by Sandy F.
(2017-09-01T07:44:52.25-07:00)

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Answer:

Sassafras albidum
Sassafras seedling
Irina
(Fri Sep 01 12:27:48 PDT 2017)

Sassafras albidum
Of course! I saw many much larger specimens along the Friends Trail in MSSF yesterday.
Sandy F.
(Sun Sep 03 20:17:24 PDT 2017)


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Native?

Location: Jaye St., Plymouth
Submitted by Sandy F.
(2017-09-01T08:03:50.534-07:00)

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Answer:

Hieracium sabaudum
No, not native. This is Savoy hawkweed. I'd call it invasive.
Irina
(Fri Sep 01 12:31:09 PDT 2017)

Hieracium sabaudum
Good to know. It's now gone.
Sandy F.
(Sun Sep 03 18:42:04 PDT 2017)


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Delicate Flowers

This was in salt marsh grass, exposed to salt water a great deal depending on the tide.

Location: Saquish Salt Marsh
Submitted by Neef
(2017-09-02T13:37:21.845-07:00)

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Answer:

Limonium carolinianum
Sea lavender
Irina
(Sat Sep 02 17:35:11 PDT 2017)

Limonium carolinianum
Nice, love the name on this one. Thank you!
Neef
(Sat Sep 02 19:22:19 PDT 2017)


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Tightly Clustered Aster-Like Flowers

Seen on farmland a few weeks ago. The flowers were very firm - almost like cake frosting. Any ideas what this was?

Location: Rowe, MA
Submitted by Neef
(2017-09-02T13:27:30.974-07:00)

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Answer:

Anaphalis margaritacea
Pearly everlasting. I am gealous! This plant is supposed to be very common in every MA county, but we have never seen it in eastern part of the state so far.
Irina
(Sat Sep 02 17:31:35 PDT 2017)

Anaphalis margaritacea
I did like this one quite a bit and thought it might be special. I've never seen it before anywhere.
Neef
(Sat Sep 02 19:16:25 PDT 2017)


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Fresh Water Plant

Among milkweed and across from the Rusty Willow you IDed for me a month ago.

Location: Lake Pankapoag, Canton
Submitted by Neef
(2017-09-02T13:40:31.924-07:00)

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Answer:

Sambucus canadensis
Elderberry
Irina
(Sat Sep 02 17:32:54 PDT 2017)


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