Identification: Mystery plant

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  1. proflex4ever

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    I am looking for an ID of the plant in the foreground of this picture. It is growing alongside sword fern. The plant is growing out of a rock crevass on a rocky outcropping 2 M above high water mark. This picture was taken on the Sunshine Coast. Thanks for any ideas. ca
     

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  2. Margot

    Margot Generous Contributor 10 Years

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    That looks like Sweet cicely, Myrrhis odorata. There is a BC native Sweet Cicely (Osmorhiza berteroi) - but I think the one in your photo is an introduced weed.
     
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    Thanks for the reply. I have never seen another specimen that looks like this on the Sunshine Coast. This pic was taken from a small island just off the Coast, and the sword fern growing alongside was also well out of its usual range.
     
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    Margot Generous Contributor 10 Years

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    It will likely remain a mystery how either of those plants came to grow, side by side, on a small island off the Sunshine Coast. Wouldn't we love to know?
     
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    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Since ferns disperse by spores, they can get around to odd places more readily than most seed plants.
     
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    Margot Generous Contributor 10 Years

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    I don't think proflex4ever was wondering so much about the sword fern, as the plant beside it. I still think it looks very much like Myrrhis odorata, not even our native Sweet Cicely. Finding a sword fern there is not surprising but finding the Sweet Cicely is . . . they do self seed prolifically but I don't think the seeds are usually dispersed by wind.
     
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    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    I was replying specifically to this:

     

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