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Help with ID

Posted by lisa_in_sepa 6 (My Page) on
Tue, Apr 27, 10 at 9:15

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: Woodland Plant

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RE: Help with ID

Maybe a Polygonum, although if so it isn't big enough to see the characteristic ocrea (sheaths surrounding the stem at the nodes).

RE: Help with ID

Something like Persicaria? One of the knotweeds. I don't know if it's native.

RE: Help with ID

It looks like my plant has parallel leaf veins-would that put it in with the monocots?

RE: Help with ID

The plant in the picture has netted venation, as it has veins branching off the central axis.

RE: Help with ID

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.


RE: Help with ID

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

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