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Recently Answered Questions

  • Question
    Would like to ID this pine tree. Located in NYC, Riverside park, alongside the Hudson River. There is a stand along the clay tennis courts. Maybe a pitch pine? Thank you!
    Answer
    Dear mtardiff, I would not be able to confidently identify a pine that may have been planted in a park. It could have originated from locations where I do not have taxonomic expertise. It is not Pinus rigida (pitch pine) as that species has longer pollen cones with a different morphology than those you posted here. I assume this pine has three leaves per fascicle (as you suggested pitch pine as the identification). Best wishes. (Friday, 28 April 2017)
  • Question
    Could you please help me identify this plant? Recently moved to Northern VT and it's growing over half of the yard. It has a single leaf per stem that is freckled on one side and solid colored on the other. If I try to pull it out of the ground only a white stem comes up, no roots. Also if it helps the soil is sandy and mossy where is it growing and the plants ranges from the height pictured to two inches currently.
    Answer
    Dear sbissonette, the plant you have photographed is Erythronium americanum (American trout-lily). This is a native, spring-flowering herb in the lily family. Some of these plants will soon produce a beautiful yellow flower. Enjoy them. (Friday, 28 April 2017)
  • Question
    Hello, I live in southeastern Wisconsin, and stumbled upon this website while trying to identify a plant I've seen growing in my yard. I first saw it two years ago, but not last year. This year, I was able to avoid it with the lawn mower and took a couple pictures. I am thinking that it is Barbarea vulgaris, but I think I see pictures of more than one plant specie in the sample pictures, and wanted to ask before posting: are the pictures I have taken of Barbarea vulgaris, or something else?
    Answer
    Dear holymackerel87, the plant you have photographed does appear to be a species of Barbarea (yellow rocket). I can't tell you for certain which species it is without seeing open flowers and close-up images of certain morphological features. That written, it is likely to be Barbarea vulgaris, as you noted. Best wishes. (Friday, 28 April 2017)

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