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Recently Answered Questions

  • Question
    I don't think this is a wild plant, but the person asking me to id it, didn't plant it. I have never seen one like it and can't find it thru the key. It's in Alfred, Maine, under trees in aside yard, has come up and is multiplying each year, seen in this photo before flower stem elongates. Do you think it's a cultivated plant? I think it might be.
    Answer
    Dear PASmith-Annaclette, good morning. The plant pictured here is Petasites japonicus (Japanese sweet-coltsfoot). It is a plant that has escaped cultivation in the northeast, and is invasive in one location in ME. Once the flowers pass, very large leaves will be produced during the remainder of the growing season. Best wishes. (Friday, 19 April 2019)
  • Question
    Saw this one in the woods near Kent, CT. Leaves are unique, but no luck finding it in Go Botany. Bill
    Answer
    Dear wdshaffer, you have photographed Sanguinaria canadensis (bloodroot), a native, spring-flowering member of the poppy family. It prefers rich, moist soils of deciduous forests. The leaves will exude an orange latex when torn. Best wishes. (Friday, 19 April 2019)
  • Question
    I am trying to find pictures of various common pollen grains through the light microscope - might you have a suggestion of a source or atlas? Many thanks, Linda
    Answer
    Dear Duramater, one of the best sources is simply the web, using search terms such as the species you are interested in and the word pollen. I have seen a great many images posted to the web. There are some references, but I don't know how helpful they will be. You might scan this webpage: https://inspectapedia.com/pollen_photos/Pollen_Photographs.php . Good luck with your search. (Wednesday, 17 April 2019)

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