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January 2018 – Guess This Plant

This is the FNJP’s 82st edition of Guess that Plant


The January 2018 Guess that Plant is a root of a Coastal Plain perennial.  Think you have a kernel of information and know this plant?   Check back next month with your answers. (Click on the images for a larger format).

December’s Plant: Petrorhagia prolifera (L.) P.W. Ball & Heywood, Childing Pink

The December 2017 Guess that Plant was Petrorhagia prolifera, childing pink.  Obsolete names are found in the older field guides and manuals such Dianthus prolifera L. in Fernald’s Gray’s Manual 8th edition (1950) and Tunica prolifera (L) Scop. in Gleason and Cronquist (1950).  This introduced annual is a member of the Pink Family, Caryophyllaceae.  The species originates in Southern Europe and Asia.  It prefers dry, loose soils, and is commonly associated with disturbed habitats such as farm field edges, un-mowed road shoulders, railroad beds and similar open upland settings.   It was introduced into the Northeast United States a century ago. It has been found on New Jersey’s Coastal Plain, and it has been documented in Atlantic, Camden, Cape May, Gloucester, Ocean, Middlesex and Salem counties.

JRA 1/2018



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