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unidentified plant

Do you know what plant this is? Please tell me. I need to know. It has fuzzy little seedy things that stick to your pants. The leaves and stems are not hairy. The leaves are not glossy. They are opposite, and each pair grows at a 90 degree angle to the pair below it. It SEEMS as though it should be a very easy plant to ID, but I can't figure it out. It grows in New Jersey, in not too wet conditions. Click on the picture (and then click on it again) for a super large version.

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calamityjon
Aug. 2nd, 2004 01:09 pm (UTC)
Where in Jersey? It'll help me look ...
littlewashu
Aug. 2nd, 2004 01:11 pm (UTC)
Southern New Jersey, in the Inner Coastal Plain. They weren't IN the wetlands, but they were in transitional areas.
calamityjon
Aug. 2nd, 2004 01:27 pm (UTC)
Man, I'm not having any luck with the nativer plant sites. Is it possibly an immature buttonbush? Looks like an immature tree sprout at first glance to me, in any case.

I keep lookie.
littlewashu
Aug. 4th, 2004 12:41 pm (UTC)
Hey Jon, I just thought I'd let you know that the mystery is solved: it's Enchanter's Nightshade (Circaea lutetiana) (so named because Circe used a plant in that family to turn Odysseus' men into swine.

To figure it out, I emailed this guy I used to work with, who does wetlands stuff sometimes, and HE had to email this OTHER guy we used to work with, who is an environmental/wetlands guy all the time, and HE said that back in the day it took him something like three weeks to ID the plant. Nobody knew what it was, the DEP, nobody, but eventually he figured it out. So now I don't feel so dumb!

I have another plant that I should ID now, though. Bollucks. I need more books.
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