March 2014 – Guess This Plant
This is the FNJP’s 38th edition of Guess that Plant
The March Guess that Plant is a spring wildflower often seen in rich woods. Its name may make you want to go fishing.
Think you know this plant and want to put a tug on your ID aptitude? Try to name this month’s Guess that Plant
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Last Month’s Plant:
February’s Guess that Plant
Turkey Beard, Xerophyllum asphodeloides (L.) Nuttall
The February Guess That Plant was the Pine Barren lily, turkey beard, Xerophyllum. Turkey beard’s name is well diserved. The long, narrow blades are tough as nails and were once a staple for early native American basketry. The plant is best known for its showy flowering stalk. Those that know the turkey beard’s Pine Barrens haunt know you may not see the flower, because deer like it too! Many times you are limited only to the tough, basal leaves to make the identification. Turkey beard prefers the sandy gardient found in pitch pine lowlands. This habitat is best suited for fire tolerant plants like turkey beard. The plant is also known for the edges of red maple swamps on the Pinelands western periphery. At the intersection of the Kirkwood formation and the cretaceous sediments, turkey beard may be found under American beech, sweet gum and red maple.