Shield shaped leaf-no flower seen-ID help needed

michiganpete(5)February 21, 2014

Shield shaped leaves were in a wooded, heavily shaded area, marshy soil, taken in May, the plant was only ever observed in May, and was presumed consumed by deer because it was never found again. No flowers or buds were ever seen.

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vetivert8(NI-NZ zone 9a)

Looks like an Epimedium.

    Bookmark   February 22, 2014 at 1:42AM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Prosartes or similar.

    Bookmark   February 22, 2014 at 3:34AM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

[Will insert name of the aster family genus when I remember it] or similar.

    Bookmark   February 22, 2014 at 3:36AM
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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

I do believe it is Prenanthes alba. The newly, just sprouted leaves look much different than the mature ones.

FataMorgana

    Bookmark   February 22, 2014 at 10:22AM
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michiganpete(5)

I found 3 sites that showed younger plants of Prenanthes alba, and I see now why the ID was confusing. Like you mentioned, the young leaves are dramatically different than later growth. The sites do seem to confirm that these are Prenanthes alba; thanks, FataMorgana, for the lead:

http://wisplants.uwsp.edu/scripts/bigphoto.asp?bigphoto=PREALB_MMI.jpg&taxon=Prenanthes%20alba%20L.&phog=Mark%20Mittelstadt&spcode=PREALB

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/06/20/877775/-Free-Food-IDing-Plants-Now-to-Forage-Next-Year

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mapprospector/521218925/?rb=1

    Bookmark   February 22, 2014 at 7:02PM
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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

Not a problem! Look later in the season for a tall plant where these had been. It is hard to believe it is the same plant.

FataMorgana

    Bookmark   February 23, 2014 at 9:33AM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Yes: Prenanthes is what I had in mind. Obviously it's not Prosartes.

    Bookmark   February 23, 2014 at 11:51AM
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