spicy plant

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  1. tipularia

    tipularia Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Name this...
     

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    tipularia Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    This is tougher than I thought it would be.
    Hint: It is a wildflower which grows in the eastern half of the U.S.
     
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    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Good stumper - no one here's been able to identify it by sight so far.
     
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    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Does the genus name resemble the name of a recent (very poor) fantasy/adventure movie?
     
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    tipularia Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Nope, nothing like Tarabitha.
     
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    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Heh, I was thinking of a movie that had a dragon in it. Prepending "very poor" to "fantasy/adventure movie" gives a lot of candidates, I suspect.
     
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    tipularia Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Nope, not Eragon.
     
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    tipularia Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    I take that back. I forgot the what the genus was. Yes, you are right! So, what is it?
     
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    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Hmmm... I must be a dumbbell.
     
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    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Well, now you and I know. I'll let someone else answer it. I've added another clue with my previous reply.
     
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    tipularia Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Sound good to me. Got to go mow the yard.
     
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    Even my teenage boys thought it was "lame" and they loved the books.

    Ralph
     
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    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Since tipularia's outside, I'll round up some of the clues:

    spicy plant -> common name, "salt and pepper"
    Eragon -> Erigenia
    dumbbell -> Umbelliferae or Apiaceae

    not sure if this one was intentional or not:

    Got to go mow the yard -> harbinger of spring (another common name)

    As for the movie, ehhh... maybe buy a nice plant instead!
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Maybe I'd do better to go for Erigenia than Eragon, then :-)
     
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    tipularia Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Here is the rest of it. I photographed it a couple of weeks ago in Arkansas next to the Buffalo River. The petals are only about 4 mm long. There are two reasons for "spicy". It is also called "pepper root".
     

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    Cardamine concatenata a long shot?
     
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    tipularia Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Good try W.G., but this one has already been identified in previous posts. It is Erigenia bulbosa a.k.a. "Harbinger of Spring", "Salt and Pepper" or "Pepper Root". Cardamine concatenata also has a common name of "Pepper Root". They even grow next to each other, and I photographed one after I took this one.
     

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