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This Week's Episode of Identify the Plant

05/19/2017 1:49 PM

What kind of plant do you suppose this is. Sorry, no ruler, so you have to guess at the scale, but the entire plant is not more than three feet tall (yet). It was not there at all last winter, so it is first year growth, if perennial.

There are some containers of rain water in the background, collected for "covert" "nuclear energy" experiments I am running out in the country.

And don't fidget me about my ladder storage, I was running out of room in the small work shed.

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05/19/2017 1:58 PM

Is that a triffid?

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05/19/2017 2:17 PM

I hope not, as it is already too near the gate that is right beside the door to my work shed, where as like as not, I will be found (by wifey) with my nose buried deep in a prototype board, an Arduino sketch, looming over my lathe, cutting clear PVC, running wires, tubing, and goggledygook, and smoking while leaning over my lawn mower fuel bucket with gas cans in it....oh and I left out running the drill press, chop saw, and hand drill, and the soldering iron (all on a high gauge number 100' extension cord because I am too cheap to hire an electrician to come hook me up with a 30A breaker.

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05/19/2017 2:20 PM

No. Commanche Peak is down by Leon's favorite town of Glen Rose, TX. Dinosaur Valley State Park is there on the Paluxy River, where clearly a man's fossilized footprint can be seen impressed over a large dinosaur footprint.

The man was a Texan, because clearly the dinosaur was running away from him!

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05/19/2017 2:33 PM

I camped overnight at that park and saw the dino footprints. Stood in one of them. Spend the next day jet-skiing in Squaw Creek Reservoir.

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05/19/2017 2:43 PM

Nice. My deceased brother-in-law really, really loved going down that way (he had family back up in the sticks there).

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05/19/2017 3:12 PM

One of my favorite cartoons... Thanks, Gary Larson!

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05/19/2017 2:13 PM

a better picture of the leaf would help....

so I can only guess, Asclepias Purpurascens.

Also known as Milkweed.

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05/19/2017 2:25 PM

I need to do a scratch and schniff test - I think the milkweed you are familiar with does emit a pungent odor upon injury.

It also emits a latex. Have not checked, just was told by wifey to ID this intruder before pulling out the big iron on him.

At first, I thought it was volunteer tobacco, but I have never seen that in Texas. I shudder to think if it was a baby hemlock tree and I dried the leaves and stuffed that in my pipe and lit up! Not that there are hemlock trees here, or anything else to do with Aristotle. Maybe Catalpa? We did have one we had to cut down, but not noticed any of the long seed pods in a while, and no volunteers near the stump.

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05/19/2017 2:28 PM

If it's milkweed don't pull it out. Monarch caterpillars feed on them.

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05/20/2017 6:42 AM

My first thought was some kind of tobacco - but I can't resolve the picture very well (maybe my eyesight) and I'm not familiar with US flora.

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05/19/2017 2:48 PM

Yeah looks like Milkweed, wait for it to flower for proper ID....

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05/19/2017 3:00 PM

Or, pull a leaf off... and see if it bleeds 'milk'

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05/19/2017 3:31 PM

Looks like Pokeweed to me.

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If it is pokeweed, later on the stem should darken to red/purple and eventually it will make lots of poke berrries.

You can make poke salad out of Pokeweed, but it is important to take all the safety precautions to avoid poisoning yourself.

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05/19/2017 3:41 PM

There are parts of the Milkweed that are also edible,... but I can't remember which parts.

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05/19/2017 3:54 PM

I think I have seen pokeweed around here before, but I don't know how to prepare it if it was here. I think you have to boil the leaves in vinegar?? to remove the alkaloids.

As far as milkweed that I have seen in West Texas, it seldom reaches more than 16-18" height before it pods out. The edible part is in the wind, or it is above the top leaf tip, and below the last root.

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05/19/2017 4:14 PM

Poke weed is pretty distinctive for quickly growing large leaves and robust stalk in shade. It will take off in areas that other stuff barely survives.

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If you have young ones around or naive livestock around, do not suffer this plant to live, The berries look tempting. All parts of the plant are toxic and probably mutagenic. The juice from the berries can be absorbed through the skin with ill effects.

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People do consume the leaves and stalks. Younger is better. It is imperative that no berries or roots are collected with leaves and stalks (better to harvest before and berries are present as toxins in stalk and leaves build up over time). The stalks and leaves should be boiled in water drained and filled with fresh water to boil again, repeated several times.

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Supposedly pares well with hemlock wine, bear liver, amateur fugu fillets, and salmonella stuffed amanita mushroom caps.

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05/19/2017 4:32 PM

Sounds like a splendid final meal, if one could get past the taste of it!

I will stick with removing this offending weed, or catalpa tree volunteer before long.

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05/19/2017 5:35 PM

Did you do a taste test it yet? Just eat one leaf, let us know what it tastes like, and if there are any issues after ingestion. That should surely help us narrow it down.

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05/21/2017 9:13 PM

I have polk in my yard and eat it often. It tastes like spinach. Never gave me any problems. Wouldn't eat it raw, tho.

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05/22/2017 9:11 AM

I am brave, but not that cavalier about my health. I ain't planning on smoking any of it either.

Big events here this week with wifey's surgery looming tomorrow. If I am back at work any time this week, I will attempt to have a better pic taken at midday, or perhaps one in more contrasty lighting with the plant being the brighter than the background items.

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05/22/2017 9:15 PM

Hope everything goes smoothly and well in her surgery. May she have a speedy recovery.

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05/19/2017 11:27 PM

The leaf shape and leaf structure look like a Southern Magnolia, but your plant grew way too fast to be a SM seedling. I've had a number of Southern Magnolia seedlings come up (children of a tree I planted 45 or more years ago), and they take a year to reach six inches...(High)

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05/20/2017 8:46 AM

Hard to be sure, but it kind of like a holly tree (they come in both tree and bush).

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05/20/2017 6:37 PM

I was wondering about the ladder,,if your not going to use it,,can I borrow it ?

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05/22/2017 9:13 AM

Yes, you can borrow, if you bring it back by next pruning season, because it is just catching dust hanging on the back fence, at least that is in the shade. I can't guarantee the ladder to be safe above my weight.

Kind of a long commute just for a ladder, though, and I surprised no one mentioned my converted cat litter containers that are storing rain water (for LENR experiments).

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05/21/2017 6:52 PM

It could be a rubber tree.... they are often used as indoor potted ornamentals, but become a BIG tree in the ground!

take a leaf to your local nursery.

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05/21/2017 7:12 PM

The more I look at it, the more it looks like a milkweed.

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05/21/2017 9:22 PM

It isn't milkweed. Milkweed leaves are arranged opposite on the stem, not alternating. It is pokeweed.

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05/22/2017 5:34 AM

You are right about the leaves on a milk weed and I am unfamiliar with the poke weed, but pics I have seen online show purple stems. Are there some with green or purple?

It almost looks like a tobacco plant. We need a better picture of it.

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05/22/2017 8:33 AM

The stems of poke start out out green and turn purple as it gets older.

It stays green for quite awhile.

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05/22/2017 10:14 AM

Sort of looks like okra, but you would have buds by now and you are not likely to have a volunteer unless someone nearby was growing it through a lifecycle.

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05/22/2017 10:59 AM

While I found the write-up in Wikipedia to be interesting, and I was surprised to learn that in some parts of the world, the leaves are used as cooked greens, this is clearly not okra, but if it fools me, I will let you know when the first pods are in my kitchen being rolled on corn meal. Love me some fried okra, along with whatever kind of meat is available in the house, including SPAM.

I like to use okra along with other vegetables in soup making, and no matter how it comes out, the correct term for it is gumbo (even if it bears no resemblance to New Orleans gumbo).

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