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Can you identify this volunteer? (Maybe a Triffid?)

Post  FRED58 on 8/29/2015, 4:33 pm

This plant is growing by my campfire wood pile, I've been referring to it as my Triffid, because it looks like it's getting ready to walk away. Here's the whole plant:


The root that looks like its getting ready to move:


Little orchid like flowers:



And, a surprise: the seed pods "explode: when you touch them:





With all the talk about Japanese Knotweed, Giant Hogweed and Wild Parsnips around here, I am genuinely concerned (not about walking killer plants from planet Zork).

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Re: Can you identify this volunteer? (Maybe a Triffid?)

Post  Scorpio Rising on 8/29/2015, 6:17 pm

Pretty! Some type of wild pea? Pods and all!

https://uswildflowers.com/detail.php?SName=Lathyrus%20latifolius

Just an example, can't find that plant yet
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Re: Can you identify this volunteer? (Maybe a Triffid?)

Post  mollyhespra on 8/29/2015, 6:48 pm

http://www.eddmaps.org/IPANE/ipanespecies/herbs/Impatiens_glandulifera.htm

Does this look like your suspect?  If so, pretty as it may be, it's pretty invasive, too.
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Re: Can you identify this volunteer? (Maybe a Triffid?)

Post  FRED58 on 8/29/2015, 6:58 pm

BING BING BING BING BING! We have a winner! I'll get rid of it tomorrow.

Thanks!


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Re: Can you identify this volunteer? (Maybe a Triffid?)

Post  camprn on 8/29/2015, 7:23 pm

The foliage doesn't seem right for a wild legume. I don't know what it is. I think I have never seen this before.

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Post  sanderson on 8/29/2015, 8:41 pm

Molly, looks like a match.

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 8/30/2015, 5:32 pm

Sure does! Interesting!
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Post  Rolling Stone on 9/1/2015, 3:10 pm

"The Trouble With Tribbles"

If anyone remembers that one.
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Re: Can you identify this volunteer? (Maybe a Triffid?)

Post  sanderson on 9/1/2015, 3:29 pm

Yep

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 9/1/2015, 6:26 pm

Yep, Trekkies Unite!
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Post  FRED58 on 9/1/2015, 9:03 pm

Maybe I could train a few Tribbles to eat the Triffid.

I found the source: the guy three houses away has a large clump at the corner of his yard. it is listed as "invasive", but it doesn't seem to be on the same level of Giant Hogweed yet. I wrapped mine in a large plastic garbage bag when I cut it down, then added a bit of RoundUp to the stump. I have tied the (black) bag closed and I have set it in the sun to bake.

Its DEAD Jim.
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