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Stephen Jankalski CEREOID at prodigy.net
Sun Jul 16 23:25:52 EST 2000


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"dennis314" <dennisn1dsNOdeSPAM at juno.com.invalid> wrote in message
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> ID Devil weed/sinister flower/Invading Boston
>
> Devil weed, Identify:
>
> First noticed on chain link fence,
> at top of 75 foot cliff by sea,
> about 12 mi. N of Boston , MAin 1993
> Very Interesting:
> Climbing choking vine.
> Perfect leaves resembling lilac shape and size in younger
> plant;
> may be 3 in wide 4 1/2 in base to tip if well established
> in sunny place.
>
> Flowers:
> Clumps of 5 or 6 Quarter inch diameter flowers
> in a 1" diameter arrays, appearing  along upper third of
> stem.
> Each flower has 5 triangular flat black petals framing
> greenish yellow reproductive center which form
> a perfect 5 pointed black star. viewed straight on.
> Petals incline upward 25 degrees or so,
> from a plane perpendicular to the stem.
>
> Fruit:
> A pod 1 1/2 to 3 inches long, tapered at both ends,
> 1/2 in dia max for largest.
> Seeds ar very much like milkweed both in shape and size;
> i.e.,
> flat seed with sail that carries them inland.
>
> First appeared in my yard about 1995.
>
> Propagates laterally by root system also;
> Typically there is a double node with sort of
> "a fusible link" of weak stem
> between a root node and a stem node.
> Until I discovered this I had been happy
> if I had gotten up the plant and its root node,
> with up to 3  or 5 shoots otherwise ready to take off!!!
>
> Lately I learned, on inspecting the remaining roots,
> that the remnant node and roots are
> the reason the plants seemed to bounce right back.
>
> Local horticultural radio
> personalities do not know what it is.  Who does.
>
> It is spreading.  I  found some climbing on junipers and
> arborvitae
> in a supermarket parlking lot 25 miles south and about 1
> mile from sea in 1998.
>
> Help any clue what it is, where it native , or whom should
> I ask.
>
>
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