ARIW - What are these?

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ARIW - What are these?

Post by edfrank » Fri Apr 23, 2010 10:43 pm

The ground here is somewhat wet with lots of skunk cabbage. I don't know what these are. They are are on an island in northern Pennsylvania.
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Re: What are these?

Post by Steve Galehouse » Fri Apr 23, 2010 10:53 pm

Ed-

The second pic looks like toothwort, Dentaria, the third is definitely Virginia bluebells, Mertensia, the first looks like toadlily, Tricyrtis, an alien species.

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Re: What are these?

Post by Jess Riddle » Sat Apr 24, 2010 9:57 am

Ed,

The first plant is hellebore (Veratrum viride), which is common in seeps or similarly moist areas at relatively cool sites. The toothwort is probably cutleaf toothwort (Cardamine [Dentaria] concatenata), but it could be C. maxima. The bluebells are indicative of rich calcareous soils.

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Re: What are these?

Post by Steve Galehouse » Sat Apr 24, 2010 10:26 pm

Jess-

I agree, the first pic is Veratrum, but it's unfortunate it has the common name of (false) hellebore; true Helleborus are dicots, and are very different in appearance, with palmately compound evergreen leaves.

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Re: What are these?

Post by edfrank » Sat Apr 24, 2010 10:29 pm

Steve, Jess,

I have looked up your suggestions and the first is definitely false hellebore, I am happy to go with cutleaf toothwort for the second, and the third I thought was Virginia bluebell, but I wasn't sure at the time I posted the question. Thanks.

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