Paging our resident plant lore folks...

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Re: Paging our resident plant lore folks...

Postby Manveruon » Sun Sep 06, 2020 11:46 pm

Wonderful thread! You have so much fascinating flora in your area! I feel like my stomping grounds here where the Rockies meet the plains aren’t nearly as interesting in terms of unusual plant life. Even so, there have been a few things I’ve wanted to ID in the area around my home over the last year or so. Maybe we could make this into a dedicated plant-ID thread for anyone who might need it?
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Re: Paging our resident plant lore folks...

Postby Elleth » Mon Sep 07, 2020 8:06 pm

While I wouldn't want to wear out our experts, I'd sure enjoy that. :mrgreen:

I took another look at that maybe-wild-carrot-maybe-hemlock - I THINK it's the wild carrot. There is fur on the stems and there are those foils around the flowers.
But some also have a bit of purple at the stem, and none have a purple flower in the center.

Haven't made it back up to the strange purple nut thing, but the *leaves* sure looked like walnut. Next hike up the back hill I'll seek it out again. Thanks all!
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Re: Paging our resident plant lore folks...

Postby Cimrandir » Thu Sep 10, 2020 3:06 am

Manveruon wrote:Wonderful thread! You have so much fascinating flora in your area! I feel like my stomping grounds here where the Rockies meet the plains aren’t nearly as interesting in terms of unusual plant life. Even so, there have been a few things I’ve wanted to ID in the area around my home over the last year or so. Maybe we could make this into a dedicated plant-ID thread for anyone who might need it?


Flora identification is something I've been trying to work on in my personal skills but unfortunately plant knowledge can be rather specific based on location and with such variety it is hard to remember everything. I'm having to restrict myself to Texas and that's still such a huge state. A plant ID thread would be fun and I'd be curious to see how specific we could get with being so far-flung across the world.

Speaking of plants and derailing the thread a hair, I just picked up Judd and Judd's "Flora of Middle-Earth: Plants of J.R.R. Tolkien's Legendarium." I can highly recommend that book if you're interested in the plants of Middle-earth.

Very nice photos, Elleth!
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Re: Paging our resident plant lore folks...

Postby Elleth » Sat Sep 19, 2020 8:22 pm

Well, this weekend I went for a walk with a foraging book I got some time back.
Absolutely a worthwhile way to spend the afternoon! :mrgreen:

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I confirmed the berry-tree is "silverberry" also called autumn olive. From what wiki says, it's another invasive from Asia.
New Englanders went *nuts* planting Asian stuff in the 19th century - at least this stuff isn't as kudzu-take-over-everything as Japanese knotweed, and it is kinda tasty.
The taste was off in the cranberry direction, but juicier. I wouldn't want to have to live on them, but it's nice to know they're edible.

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That strange kinda-sorta-walnut looking thing finally fruited. I still can't tell what it is, but it's interesting:

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Re: Paging our resident plant lore folks...

Postby Udwin » Sat Sep 19, 2020 9:28 pm

Strange fruit is right....WTF? Are those seeds or winged ants?!?
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Re: Paging our resident plant lore folks...

Postby Manveruon » Sat Sep 19, 2020 10:38 pm

Good lord, that is the stuff of nightmares! Assuming it’s bugs and not some kind of bug-looking seed?
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Re: Paging our resident plant lore folks...

Postby Iodo » Sun Sep 20, 2020 7:19 am

Manveruon wrote:Good lord, that is the stuff of nightmares!

agreed :twisted:
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Re: Paging our resident plant lore folks...

Postby Cimrandir » Wed Sep 23, 2020 4:19 am

I'll be seeing that in my nightmares tonight... :lol:

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