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Wild plant gurus - please help me i.d. this

Discussion in 'Nature' started by Jfrader, Feb 22, 2015.

  1. Jfrader

    Jfrader Guest

    If anyone knows what this is, I'd appreciate some help. Found among the wild grasses on a friend's ranch at the start of the very low Sierra foothills just at the up-rise from the Central San Joaquin Valley floor in California. Have no clue myself. :(


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  2. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    They look like orchids.
     
  3. Ross the fiddler

    Ross the fiddler Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I'm pretty sure they aren't though. Let's see if someone can identify them in the States.
     
  4. agentlossing

    agentlossing Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jun 26, 2013
    Andrew Lossing
    A type of iris, I'd say. I've definitely seen them as a kid but I can't remember their name.

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  5. agentlossing

    agentlossing Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jun 26, 2013
    Andrew Lossing
  6. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    If not an orchid, then I think they could be a lily.
     
  7. Ross the fiddler

    Ross the fiddler Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I don't think is an iris either. Sorry to be negative about it but hopefully someone can come up with the correct species.
     
  8. Ross the fiddler

    Ross the fiddler Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Keep trying Ray. ;)
     
  9. Ross the fiddler

    Ross the fiddler Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I haven't found it yet, but something getting closer in growth appearance is Arabis holboellii.

    Getting closer! Maybe cruciferous Flower
     
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  10. Ross the fiddler

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  11. rhe

    rhe Mu-43 Veteran

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  12. Ross the fiddler

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  13. Brian Beezley

    Brian Beezley Mu-43 All-Pro

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    Interesting color. This is what the wild radish I've seen looks like in northern San Diego County.

    I wonder if the root is edible. We also have wild mustard and wild anise. Would be fun to make a wild salad.

    Brian

    Edit - I see from the UC Davis link that radish and wild radish are distinct species. I think my photo probably is of radish. As for edibility, this is interesting:

    http://www.gardenista.com/posts/fearless-forager-stalking-the-delicious-wild-radish
     
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  14. Jfrader

    Jfrader Guest

    Thanks all. I think that is it. It is growing like a weed in a grassy area that has been disturbed in the past. Probably dropped as seed by a bird or animal.

    As for eating it, I don't think so but thanks. ;-)
     
  15. foxtail1

    foxtail1 Science geek & photo nut

    Dec 30, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Kristi
    I agree with wild radish (Raphanus raphanistrum). Can't find anything else close.
     
  16. agentlossing

    agentlossing Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jun 26, 2013
    Andrew Lossing
    I think you're right, I didn't look very closely at the stalk last time.

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