Can you help with ID this plant?

Discussion in 'Plants: Identification' started by duffy, Jul 17, 2017.

  1. duffy

    duffy Active Member

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    These plants were inaccessible growing in a shallow damp ditch surrounded by a wall on one side and a cement water trough on the other. It was impossible to take a photograph of the underside of the leaves. This is the reason why I have only one photograph, for which, I apologise. Many thanks in advance. Incidentally, I have never seen flowers on these plants!
     

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  2. Tyrlych

    Tyrlych Active Member 10 Years

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    Looks like Petasites hybridus to me. It likes to grow near water.
     
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    It does look it. Petasites hybridus has some utility in medicine. PFAF has it listed as potentially having use in treating neuralgia. I worked for a neuro doc who suggested an herbal tablet of it for persistent migraine sufferers.
     
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    Thank you so much for the ID. , and for the medical information. Most interesting and I will investigate it further. I am involved in writing a book, together with my co-author, which deals with Official Medicinal Plants which can be found in the regional park where I live. This is why I need to be absolutely sure of the correct identification of all the plants listed in the book. We have completed about 75% of the book. This will be volume 1 and another 3 volumes are in the pipeline; vol 2 will be specific for poisonous plants, vol. 3 dedicated to wild food plants, volume 4 will be dedicated to the beautiful flowers found in our mountains. When the first volume is published I will send you a copy. I will contact you later for an address. Not being a botanist I need all the help I can get. Thanks again.
     
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    Then I definitely recommend looking at the Plant for a Future site I linked in the plant name. They are a second tier resource for me. Invaluable, but I do cross reference. Anytime I suspect there may have been a medicinal or utilitarian use for a plant, also edibility, I check PFAF. They are currently trying to expand into more tropical plants. It's one thing to read that the Cherokee used a plant a certain way, and Julia Morton (RIP) prepared it as food and Henrietta... well, I triple check everyone. So many variables... And everyone is an idiot some of the time.
     
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    Dear Mr. Tyrlych, I am now using PFAF as you suggested and I am still searching for other plant identification web sites. If you know of any others please do let me know. Thanks again.
     

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