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Recently Answered Questions
- This was stuck to a red oak leaf on the forest floor in north-central Connecticut on 2018-2-16. It had the consistency of jelly and was semi-transparent. It looked a lot like a clump of melting snow. Eggs of some sort are in the jelly is my guess.
- Dear David, I'm not sure what you have found. It could be a jelly fungus of some kind, but I've not seen this before. I wish I could be of more help, but I think this question should be directed to a mycological group. Good luck! (Monday, 19 February 2018)
- This flower, taken on 6/20/13, on the Joppa Flats grounds, Newburyport, doesn't seem to quite match up with your Ipomoea (Morning-glory) suspects, though it seems to look most like I. purpurea. I note the dark stems, and the more triangular leaves. Are there other flowers that look like Morning-glories?
- Dear chaffeemonell, you've photographed Calystegia sepium (hedge false bindweed), a member of the Convolvulaceae. Note the two large green bracts that conceal the sepals (this is an important characteristic that identifies the genus). There are four different subspecies in New England, three of them native (and likely the one you've photographed is a native). Best wishes. (Monday, 19 February 2018)
- hi! can i ask what kind of bamboo species is this?
- jezzy, I'm sorry that I cannot help you. Go Botany is a website dedicated to wild plants of New England (northeastern United States). We only have a couple of introduced species of bamboo so I do not possess much familiarity with this genus. If I knew where you were located in the world, I might be able to help you find a resource near you to help with identification. Best wishes. (Monday, 5 February 2018)