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Weed ID

Discussion in 'Plant Identification' started by goReptiles, Mar 14, 2019.

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  1. goReptiles

    goReptiles Active Member 5 Year Member

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    I can’t remember if this is one I planted or something naturally growing or both. But I have a lot of in growing in part of my tortoise pen. Before I go out there and dig out the onions, I’m curious what this is in case I need to pull it too.

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    Looks like oxalis, it’s best to toss it.
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    Carol S Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Looks like clover to me.
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    wrong type of flower for clover. I also think it's some sort of shamrock (oxalis)
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    It is an oxalis, commonly called wood sorrel here, causeit is usually. There's also a yellow flowering kind as well.
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    Sorry, I was saying because it usually grows under trees, and in shaded areas around the house, but it grows in the heat and full sun too.
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    Thanks. Sounds like I will just dig it out when I dig out the onions.
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    Now you have a couple of possible names check the pictures and information on www.thetortoisetable.org.uk
    The clover I know has a fine white line running across the leaves and either white or purple round flowers
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    Easy to tell apart...

    Clovers all have leaves with the outer edges rounded. The oxalis / sorrel always has a heart shaped leaf. ( a 'v' coming into the outer edge of each leaf.)
    Clovers have tuft-like round flowers. Oxalis has the more bell shaped petaled flower.
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    yeah that’s 100% oxalis. Be careful when you dig because it grows from these crowns of tubers/bulbs and when you put pressure on them they will disintegrate into many tiny pieces, each one capable of growing a new plant. they’re a nightmare to get rid of, but digging is really the only option in an enclosure. otherwise i’d say spraying is more effective. also until you get the chance to dig them up, pinch off any flowers or buds you see because they will drop seed and keep popping up for months even after the plants were dug up.
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    Thank you for the tips
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    goReptiles Active Member 5 Year Member

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    What about these two?

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    The one with the yellow flower is a hop clover, I think. Also known as lesser trefoil. Safe, if that's what it is but I'd rather someone from a place where that actually grows says for sure. We don't have it where I live.

    The second one is a dandelion relative, not sure which one but it's safe.
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    I agree with Rosemary on the ID of both. And neither are toxic
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    Thank you
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    Last three for now. I really appreciate it.

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    Well, I’ll start with the third one, which looks like grape hyacinth to me. Hyacinth grows from a bulb and bulb plants are never recommended by the Tortoise Table, a common resource. I don’t necessarily agree with their “no bulbs!” stance but wouldn’t be surprised if your tortoise would eat more than a flower, which won’t harm him. My Russian is nuts for iris flowers but could care less about the plant.

    The second one might be buttercup. I’d need to see a picture from a further distance and hopefully a yellow flower! Rananculus are very bad, per the Tortoise Table, but they are actually a common food for wild Russians and plenty of our Testudo owners feed them with no issues. I’ve actually planted some native California buttercups recently just for our tortoise. But let’s be sure it’s buttercup first! You might get some guesses for wild geranium but the leaves of that plant are more circular, with very little open space. Quite round compared to buttercup.

    For the first I’m guessing yet another dandelion relative but can’t say which. I’d guess hawkbit.
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    The second one doesn’t flower. At least not that I’ve seen. It’s low lying to the ground.
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