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Posts from ‘August, 2010’

Deer-tongue Grass

Now, there’s a name! This plant came to be called this because the leaf supposedly resembles a deer’s tongue. Not being a hunter, I have no idea what a deer tongue looks like, but perhaps a hunter will see this post and comment. I found this alongside the driveway, in mottled shade and took a […]

Wild Anise

One troublesome plant that is present on my property is multiflora rose (rosa multiflora). On my early visits to the property after I bought it, I looked around and saw quite a number of large rose bushes and also a fair number of smaller plants. In early Spring, when wild anise (pimpinella anisum) is small, […]

Yellow Birch

I’m not certain about this one, but my best guess, from studying the Virginia Department of Forestry tree identification guide and doing further research on the Internet, is that it is a yellow birch (betula alleghaniensis). If I’ve learned anything from posting these findings it is that I need to take more pictures of leaf […]

Damson Plum

The Damson Plum (prunus domestica) is not, strictly speaking, a native of Virginia. The plant was introduced to the Americas by English colonists long before the American Revolution. So, while it has been in this country several centuries, it isn’t a native. But I’ll leave the bickering over what is or is not a native […]

Shagbark Hickory

There are four different hickorys native to southwestern Virginia: bitternut, shagbark, mockernut, and pignut. Shagbark hickory is easy to identify because of the shaggy bark, but the others are a little bit more difficult. This photograph is very likely of a shagbark hickory (carya ovata), but there is a chance that it could also be […]

Summer Grape

Last fall, I posted a picture of a summer grape (vitus aestivalis) vine that wasn’t all that big, but I knew that I had larger ones on the property. Here is one of them: This one is climbing a black locust but it may be all over the canopy of an adjacent tree by the […]