Mystery Seedling Grows

by Carl Strang

I paid a quick visit to Culver, Indiana, over the weekend, and had a few minutes to visit my mystery seedling. It has been largely overtopped by skunk cabbages.

Seedling 16MY 1b

You may see it as a tiny plant between the big skunk cabbage leaves in the middle of the photo. Here it is close up.

Seedling 16MY 2b

I continue to think shrub, and took a look at the nearby shrubs, seeking a match. One possibility was this:

Seedling candidate 3b

Though this candidate and the seedling continue to remind me of the bush honeysuckles, these were not flowering, and their bark was not the shredded wheat pattern of the Lonicera I know.

Seedling candidate 5b

The leaves also show more width toward the tip than I am accustomed to seeing in honeysuckles.

On a related point, the cress I mentioned in earlier posts was flowering on May 16, and proved indeed to be bulbous cress as Scott N. suggested.

Bulbous cress b

The late blooming date, white flowers and habitat are conclusive.


  1. Scott said,

    May 26, 2009 at 1:19 am

    Hi Carl. The shrub looks like privet, Ligustrum vulgare. Let me know what you think.

    • natureinquiries said,

      May 26, 2009 at 10:47 am

      Thanks, Scott. I ran into that plant on one of my local forest preserves, but my acquaintance with it is marginal. I recall that its flowers are distinctive, and appear later in the summer. Within the next couple months I’ll make a more complete search for my seedling’s possible sources.

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