I am hoping someone can help me identify this woodland plant. I do not know if it flowers. I have seen it growing at the edges of trails-but it doesn't seem very common. Any help would be appreciated.
Here is a link that might be useful:
Maybe a Polygonum, although if so it isn't big enough to see the characteristic ocrea (sheaths surrounding the stem at the nodes).
Something like Persicaria? One of the knotweeds. I don't know if it's native.
It looks like my plant has parallel leaf veins-would that put it in with the monocots?
The plant in the picture has netted venation, as it has veins branching off the central axis.
It could be tovara virginiana (not the selection Painter's Palette) which develops dark chevron stripes on the leaves. Flowers look like tiny red beads along a thin stem and appear later in summer.
When I first saw your posting I thought it looked just like the Polygonum virginiana (Jumpseed) I have in my yard, but saw what I thought were different plants mentioned (some by people who I know are very knowledgeable about these things).
I just went to confirm for myself that it could be Jumpseed and I see two of the Latin names mentioned that I hadn't recognized listed for the same plant. I'm more used to confusion from common names, but the Latin names do change sometimes.
Here is a link that might be useful: Connecticut Botanical Society page on Jumpseed