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    [align=left]I found this in kentucky. It is growing from what I think would be called a rhizome, it's horizontal and segmented(almost looks like a small, skinny, more fleshy pine cone) it was above ground sending many shoots down. Now you see my vegetation growing up. I'm pretty new to plants. Any thoughts? [/align]
    [align=left][img]http://i732.photobucket.com/albums/w...ch9/plant2.jpg[/img][/align]
    [align=left][img]http://i732.photobucket.com/albums/w...ch9/plant1.jpg[/img][/align]
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  • #2
    Hi TKetch,

    I've had a difficult time identifying this plant.* I'm wondering if you dug this from the wild or from someone's garden.* If you dug it from the wild, I hope you had permission as digging plants from the wild without permission of the land owner or from public land is a real 'no, no'.

    I see what appears to be some type of wet gel on top of the soil.* Is that something you put there or could it be some type of wet clay?* Could this be a bog plant?* Also, when was it dug and when was the photo taken?* I ask because it would be very cold in Kentucky now and most plants would be dormant.* Is it possible that the plant went dormant and sprouted because it's been in a warm place?

    Newt

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    • #3
      My great aunt recently purchased a house with a large chunk of land in central Kentucky with acres upon acres of woods in her back yard(that she has been wandering off into and getting lost), so, being the outdoor enthusiast that I am, I traveled down over thanksgiving to visit. While we were hiking around back in the*woods*I saw this above ground tuber*with another right beside it. It was close to a small water hole, in the wild. So yes I imagine it would be dormant right now were it not for the fact that it is indoors. Here are some more pictures taken today.

      http://i732.photobucket.com/albums/w...10109_1318.jpg

      http://i732.photobucket.com/albums/w...10109_1317.jpg*

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      • #4
        How I envy your aunt to have such a wonderful piece of property!*

        As the leaves are growing, it looks more and more like a plant called bloodroot aka Sanguinaria canadensis, but there are some aspects that don't fit.* I wonder if any of the rhizome broke when you dug it and if it was a red or red/orange color inside.* Here's a picture of the root.



        Usually the leaf is curled when it emerges and the shaft of the flower emerges from the curled leaf.* The leaves and flowers can be variable in shape.* Here's some info on these true spring ephemerals (they go dormant after blooming).* Do look at the second picture here.
        http://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/.../bloodroot.htm

        More interesting info on these plants.
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloodroot

        If that's not it, lmk.
        Newt

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