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Old 06-15-2009, 12:08 AM   #1
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Have at it folks. Photos aren't the greatest because I was losing light. There's only one of them. Have never seen one of these growing by me before.
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Old 06-15-2009, 12:17 AM   #2
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Not a for leaf clover,umbrella plant or arrowleaf. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm must be deciduous. No idea.
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Old 06-15-2009, 12:48 AM   #3
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Don't you have the mayapples / Podophyllum peltatum growing there? Or maybe you don't recognize it because it has fewer leaves than most.
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Old 06-15-2009, 06:07 AM   #4
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Sure looks like a 4-leafed Mayapple to me.
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Old 06-15-2009, 10:05 AM   #5
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Young mayapple, I think.
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Old 06-16-2009, 12:08 AM   #6
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I have hundreds of mayapples. Two different colonies. It has many of the same characteristics of the mayapples which is why I showed the underside of the leaf but... it doesn't look anything like the seedlings I remember germinating. I tried to compare it to a seedling in one of my colonies and couldn't. There weren't any seedlings which surprised me. I got down and looked under the canopy of mayapples and couldn't find even one seedling. Straaaaaaaaaange. The seedlings I germinated were more of a three leaf seedling once they were the size of this plant and they didn't look like a forked tongue. I also don't remember my seedlings being hairy and this plant is fuzzy. You can see some of the fine hairs in the photos. Now watch, next year it will morph and look like a mayapple all grown up prim and proper. I'll stick a stake by this and call it the fuzzy 4-leaf fork tongued mayapple for now.
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Old 06-16-2009, 12:57 AM   #7
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Yes, I figured you knew what mayapples were..

The descriptions say "abaxially pubescent", and yours does look more fuzzy than any I've seen, but compare it to a couple pics taken this spring. These had no hairs. I took the first picture because I was struck by how many of these plants were eaten by deer; to me, it looks just like your plant without the pubescence
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Old 06-16-2009, 05:51 PM   #8
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I notice most pictures have leaves on the ground. Can you buy or save leaves and spread them around to protect your soil and plants in place of using newspaper?
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Old 06-16-2009, 11:58 PM   #9
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I think you could. The leaves in my photos aren't imported. They're from the trees the plants are growing under. The best time to get leaves is in the fall when curb side leaf collection is underway. Hold off taking leaves the first time the truck comes because you'll end up with a lot of garbage in the bags. The second time the truck comes by you'll get more leaves and fewer plastic bags and food wrappers to sort out. Don't be shy about taking bagged leaves from the curb. Somebody did all the work for you and it would be a shame for free leaves to end up in some city compost pile.
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