1. Welcome! Are you interested in tortoises? If so, we invite you to join our community! Our community is the #1 place for tortoise keepers to talk online. Once you join you'll be able to post messages, upload pictures of your tortoise and enclosure, and discuss any tortoise topic with other tortoise keepers. Get started today!

Anyone know what kind weed this is?

Discussion in 'Plant Identification' started by Tessa127, Nov 25, 2018.

Help Support Tortoise Forums by donating:

  1. Tessa127

    Tessa127 Member

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2018
    Messages:
    29
    Likes Received:
    47
    Trophy Points:
    13
    Location (City and/or State):
    Southern CA
    My LT seems to go directly for it and love it, but I am not sure what it is. It sure is plentiful and would LOVE for her to graze, but I want it safe....

    I would appreciate the help (from So Cal) Anyone???

    IMG_6848.jpg
  2. Yvonne G

    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 10 Year Member! Platinum Tortoise Club

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2008
    Messages:
    81,773
    Likes Received:
    54,498
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location (City and/or State):
    Clovis, CA
    (These ads do not appear for registered members.)
    Looks like chickweed - edible.
  3. Iochroma

    Iochroma Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2014
    Messages:
    671
    Likes Received:
    421
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Location (City and/or State):
    San Francisco
    I'm sure it's not chickweed, which has opposite leaves.
    It looks like a spurge; if so, it will bleed a milky sap when you break a stem. Try it, and report back.
    Tessa127 likes this.
  4. Tessa127

    Tessa127 Member

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2018
    Messages:
    29
    Likes Received:
    47
    Trophy Points:
    13
    Location (City and/or State):
    Southern CA

    Yep, milky sap at the stem. Edible?
  5. Tessa127

    Tessa127 Member

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2018
    Messages:
    29
    Likes Received:
    47
    Trophy Points:
    13
    Location (City and/or State):
    Southern CA
    From what I can tell it looks like a Purslane weed. Highly nutritious for humans, just making sure for my little LT...
  6. snivloc16

    snivloc16 Active Member

    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2017
    Messages:
    126
    Likes Received:
    59
    Trophy Points:
    28
    Location (City and/or State):
    Kansas
    I don’t think it’s purslane. I 2nd the spurge. Which is a do not feed.
    Tessa127 likes this.
  7. Tessa127

    Tessa127 Member

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2018
    Messages:
    29
    Likes Received:
    47
    Trophy Points:
    13
    Location (City and/or State):
    Southern CA

    Got it... Thank you @snivloc16 ...
  8. RosemaryDW

    RosemaryDW Well-Known Member Platinum Tortoise Club Tortoise Club

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2016
    Messages:
    3,228
    Likes Received:
    1,984
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location (City and/or State):
    Newport Coast, CA
    It’s not purslane. Purslane has very “fleshly” leaves, almost like a succulent.

    @Tessa127, in Orange County we have an invasive spurge that is so irritating to human skin it is used to “burn” certain skin problems off the body. :eek: I’ll feed just about anything but not that plant!

    I don’t think it’s the same spurge as in your picture but I wouldn’t feed yours until I knew exactly what it was.
    Tessa127 likes this.
  9. Tessa127

    Tessa127 Member

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2018
    Messages:
    29
    Likes Received:
    47
    Trophy Points:
    13
    Location (City and/or State):
    Southern CA

    Thanks @RosemaryDW ... I'm not taking a chance. But man, little tort went right for it!!!! Eeeeekk!
  10. RosemaryDW

    RosemaryDW Well-Known Member Platinum Tortoise Club Tortoise Club

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2016
    Messages:
    3,228
    Likes Received:
    1,984
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location (City and/or State):
    Newport Coast, CA
    Might be from her corner of the world and perfectly safe for leopards but since we aren't sure, best to avoid for now.
    Tessa127 likes this.
Similar Threads: Anyone kind
Forum Title Date
Plant Identification Anyone know what kind of plant this is? Jul 28, 2018
Plant Identification Anyone know what this is? Oct 16, 2019
Plant Identification Anyone know what this is?? May 27, 2019
Plant Identification Can anyone identify this little plant? Apr 24, 2019
Plant Identification Does anyone have any feed back on the plant ID apps? Apr 21, 2019

Share This Page