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I am having trouble IDing this wild flower. I use an Arkansas wildflower image collection to do most of my IDing, but this is not anywhere on it. It may be because it is so small.

I am in zone 7, mircroclimate 6b, in the Ozark mountains, and this is blooming now. The entire clump is about three inches apart, and it appears from the super macros of the flowers that the shape is like that of a calla lily, or jack in the pulpit.

I left the 3 images huge so you can see them.

Does anyone know what this is?

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Date: 2013-03-23 09:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] don-fitch.livejournal.com
I can't help much -- I kinda think I remember seeing something similar during a visit in late March to some distant relative's farm in Southern Indiana (with a similar shale soil, though not red), but didn't learn the name of it then... and that was ....errrummm... almost 80 years ago, when I was only about five or six years old. OTOH (per Thom. Edison's -"of course we've learned something -- we've learned of 2873 things that don't work"-), I don't know of any Aroids (Callas, Jack-in-the-pulpits, Philodendrons) that don't have solitary flowers, and these are apparently in a cluster, so that search might well receive low priority.

Good Luck (and I hope you've adjusted to not knowing _everything_ -- wanting to know it is fine; seriously _needing_ this can be disastrous.)

Date: 2013-04-04 09:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ravensgarden.livejournal.com

You know, once upon a time I didn't even care to know the name of a plant or variety. I think variety names became "important" when I started growing roses. Oh, and as I grow older. I can't remember, so I need to write things down!

I have found that if I wait long enough (five years sometimes) a name will eventually come my way.

Date: 2013-03-23 09:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] low-delta.livejournal.com
I use an Arkansas wildflower image collection to do most of my IDing,

Maybe you should switch to a weed ID site. ;-)

Date: 2013-04-04 09:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ravensgarden.livejournal.com
Is there a difference? Seriously, I was operating under the assumption that all wildflowers are viewed as weeds by someone! But two posters here have mentioned weed not wildflower!

Date: 2013-03-23 10:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pondhopper.livejournal.com
I've never seen anything like it.
Would a site like this help?


Date: 2013-04-04 09:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ravensgarden.livejournal.com
THIS IS A WONDERFUL SITE D! Thanks! Of course it does not know what the plant is, but I love these kinds of ID sites that let you put in the sizes and shapes and colors of a plant to narrow the search down. I have it bookmarked.

Date: 2013-03-24 01:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] frostbyte.livejournal.com
it looks vaguely weed-like to me as well. Best advice: dig it, pot it, find your friendly nearby Extension Horticulturist/Weed Specialist, and have them ID it.

Personally, I'd think contain it fast, before it gets out of control. That's really fast growth for this early in the spring, and that usually means trouble.

Date: 2013-04-04 09:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ravensgarden.livejournal.com
At this point ANY green thing is welcome here. It is growing in the "road" so I am not really worried about it. My neighbor actually ran over it and ground it up with his tractor last week while he was working on my burn pile!

Same question to you as to Kev, is there a difference between wildflowers and weeds? I have been operating under the premise that all wildflowers are weeds!

Date: 2013-04-06 12:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] frostbyte.livejournal.com
There's a school of thought that says a wildflower is a weed with good manners. I look at them in much that manner - if a plant is attractive in form and blossom, and doesn't have a wildly invasive growth habit, I can allow it some space. If it tries to overgrow my roses or tomatoes, it's removed without mercy.

Date: 2013-03-24 07:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oakenking.livejournal.com
Sorry - LJ logged me out. I think it's Cardamine oligosperma;

Date: 2013-04-04 09:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ravensgarden.livejournal.com
I have to research this more. The images I am pulling up of Cardamine oligosperma have rounded leaves, as opposed to the lancet shaped leaves of this thing. Of course I think that was bing images, and I have no failth in bing, so I will keep trying!

Date: 2013-04-04 09:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oakenking.livejournal.com
Try C. pensylvanica - it has a better leaf shape. I think the genus is right, though...

Date: 2013-04-05 01:00 pm (UTC)


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