Help with ID'ing this Wild Plant Please

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  1. tj1

    tj1 New Member

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    Hello,

    I harvested this plant last night growing wild in my area (Central New Jersey, US) thinking it was Joe-Pye weed, which I use as hand-drill spindles for friction fire production, but when I compared it to others afterwards noticed significant differences. I thought maybe Horseweed/Marestail... Whatever it is, hopefully nothing "poison"...

    The stalk has a pithy core to it, and it is light in weight.

    Any suggestions?
     

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    A friend suggested prickly lettuce. After comparing its various properties with photos and videos of prickly lettuce, I am pretty sure that's what it is. I am going to return to the area and see if I can find any with leaves remaining, and that should settle it.
     
  3. Michael F

    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    That would not be so stiff and semi-woody - when it dies, it collapses. Perhaps Chicory Cichorium intybus?
     
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    Thanks for this suggestion. Hopefully I'll find some a bit more intact when I head back to the place I found this.
     
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    I returned to the area tonight but found no exact matches. I did find these, however. They are not as straight, heavier, don't seem as if they have as pithy a core as the other, and not as ridgy along the stalk. Any suggestions? Possibly same plant in different stage of growth?
     

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    Daniel Mosquin Esteemed Contributor UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    The new one is likely a goldenrod.
     
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    Thanks so much, Daniel, for helping me ID this.
     

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