March 2020 – Guess That Plant
This is the FNJP’s 108th edition of Guess that Plant!
The March 2020 Guess that Plant photo shows a herb with a thorny stem that will teach your thumb a thing or two!. If you think you know this species, send your answer for this month’s Guess that Plant.
Ostrya virginiana L. Hop Hornbeam
The February 2020 Guess that Plant was a native sub-canopy tree most often observed north of Trenton. Hop hornbeam is found on well drain, moist to dry, rich upland woods and stream banks (Hough, 1983). Records exist for all northern counties , as well as Burlington and Cumberland counties. The tree is recognized by its short, spreading habit; entire, toothed, acuminate leaves; scaly bark, and fruiting cones that resemble Humulus lupulus, common hops.