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Recently Answered Questions
- Hi, I have found what at first looks to be some sort of root or long sprout, & it may very well be. However this “root” is moving at times almost snake like at both ends. One end more than the other usually as if the one side is the head and the other tail. I put a drip of water next to it and it purposely moved towards it in plain sight (no time lapse camera needed) and began to move through it. I have a video I can send you if you would please help me identify this. Ontario, Canada Thanks
- Dear Kai, it appears you may have located a round worm or another division of invertebrate life. Interesting find, thank you for sharing. (Monday, 11 February 2019)
- Psilotum is simple living pteridophytes why? please tell me.
- Dear HaseebS57, I'm sorry that I do not understand your question. Are you asking why this plant is a pteridophyte or is simple or is living? Please email me at ahaines[at]newenglandwild.org and reword your question so I can assist you. (Monday, 11 February 2019)
- I have been trying to ID a common spring ephemeral. Thru other sources I think it is Anemone quinquefolia (wood anemone, wood windflower). Why could I not find it in the GoBotany simple key using: Flower color-white; Flower symmetry-radial; Number of sepals, petals-five? I attach a photo just in case my ID is wrong.
- Dear JillerMiller, good morning. You are correct with your identification. This is Anemone quinquefolia. Why you could not find it in Go Botany is not yet known to me, but we can try to figure it out. Be aware that this species has petaloid sepals (it does not have petals), so that could be a place you went wrong. By convention, if a species has a single whorl of perianth parts, they are referred to as sepals (in most genera, including those in the crowfoot family). Feel free to email me at ahaines[at]newenglandwild.org and we can discuss further if you would like. (Monday, 11 February 2019)