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Recently Answered Questions
- This is a followup to a question I asked back in early spring about some willows on my property. Instead of one or two species, I have identified eight (possibly nine) species of willow, I have identified silky willow, prairie willow, heart-leaved willow, bog willow and eared willow, these three I haven't yet been able to identify. I was thinking that the one on the left is bebb willow, while the center image is heart-leaved but their leaves have characteristics that those species don't. NW CT
- Dear JoshuaH, good morning. Willows are not easy by photograph, and I would need multiple photographs of each willow you want me to identify. I need to see the upper and lower surface of the leaves, and learn if we are viewing a tree or shrub. I really enjoy willows and want to help you, but need some more information. Also, I'm happy to have you send me a specimen of the willows you need identified. You could mail me a pressed clipping and I could give you a more confident answer. Feel free to discuss with me using the email ahaines[at]newenglandwild.org. (Thursday, 9 August 2018)
- Hello, I found some ladies'-tresses in a field in Middlesex County Massachusetts. I am unsure which species they are. The photo of the leaves is not very good, they are very narrow. Thank you for your help!
- Dear Lianabirdd, there are no images associated with your message. Without them, I won't be able to assist you. If you are having trouble uploading images, feel free to email them to ahaines[at]newenglandwild.org and I will try to assist you. (Tuesday, 7 August 2018)
- I discovered a wild flower in my flower garden in Midlothian, Va, suburb of Richmond, Va. It appears close to a great masterwort but uncertain. Currently, it is in a shade-area with much moisture, about 5 feet tall and 3 feet width. Please respond with name or verification so I may research how to care and propagate. Thank you for your consideration.
- Dear Vince, good afternoon. You appear to have photographed a species of Tarenaya (spider-flower). One species that is often observed is Tarenaya hassleriana (giant spider-flower). I would check images of that species to see how close this initial hypothesis is. Best wishes. (Tuesday, 7 August 2018)