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What are these seeds in papery pink casing?

I found these seeds all over my yard which I think were dropped by some nesting starlings. Each seed has a dry, papery pink casing. The attached photos show the seed inside the casing on the left, ...
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Can someone identify this Bonsai tree?

I was hoping someone would be kind enough to identify this tree for me. I want to properly care for it and I think identifying it would be a good first step. Any help on this would be appreciated, ...
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What is this South Florida tree?

This tree is on the side of my South Florida house. The trunk is really thin. The diameter can't be more than three inches. I haven't measured the tree, but it's gotta be about 10-12 feet tall and ...
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What is this houseplant with variegated leaves that thrives growing in water?

A friend who was moving away left it with me; he had no idea what it is. It's currently growing in a glass mason jar of water - and has grown to an impressive size doing so - and I'm trying to figure ...
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What's the name of this plant?

I just bought a new plant but I forgot to ask what's the name. Can you recognize it? Any suggestion about how to take care of it?
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What are these orange insects under the leaves of my mandevilla?

First, I'll set the scene: Location: South Florida Temperature: 75°F - 85°F most days Rain: Had been fairly dry until the last couple days Affected plant: Mandevilla with yellow flowers Story: ...
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identify this tall grass plant?

I bought this guy shortly before Hurricane Sandy, and then was stranded away from my apartment for a couple weeks while it died. It's managing to come back to life, but I'd love to know what kind of ...
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I'm trying to identify this succulent

Looks like Hens & Chicks on steroids. I am in Baja California near Ensenada.
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What is this parasitic vine on my trees?

I have moved to Mobile Alabama and bought a home. In the yard are three pecan trees and a pear tree. All three of the pecans and also the pear have some sort of vine growing on them. It looks like ...
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Can you help identify this fragrant tree?

Do you know your tropical trees? Can you identify this one? This picture of the tree's leaves and blossoms was taken in Thailand. The fragrance of these blossoms is very startling and unique. Thank ...
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What is this (allegedly) mosquito-repellent trailing plant with dark green heart-shaped leaves?

I was given a plant a while back that I was told repels mosquitoes: The little I know about it: it has dark green heart shaped leaves that grow up to about 3½" wide by 4½" long (9cm ...
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Help identifying South Florida tree with large pink flowers that appear annually for a short time in the fall

Any ideas of what it could be? Edit: Added a picture without its flowers. The new image gives some reference for how tall it is and how much space its canopy covers.
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How to tell a nectarine tree from a peach tree?

Nectarines are actually peaches with an active recessive gene (e.g. similar genetics to red hair in humans). Commercial nectarines are cultivars with this gene. Although it is relatively rare, in ...
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An unexpected brown-violet mushroom in my garden

My grandma is a great fan of mushrooms and knows quite a lot about them. About 10 years ago, she started throwing out mushroom remnants in one special place, in order to grow her own mushrooms. In ...
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What's eating my Peaches?

Several of my peaches have this crystalised goop on the outside, as seen in the first picture. Cutting the peach open reveals some kind of bug trail. The hole the bug made is full of the sticky ...
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What is this large leafed plant?

I like the way it looks and might want to get one but I need to know what it is. The location is Minnesota.
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Can someone identify this plant with a strangely shaped leaf?

If someone could give me the name of this plant, I would be very grateful. Even a common name would do. The guy I bought it from does not know the name, but I know that it can only have two leaves ...
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What are these critters in my guava tree and do I need to get rid of them?

I have a couple of guava trees that are starting to flower and while noting the flowers today I saw a number of very small, black bugs hanging out on some of the leaves and stems. They look like baby ...
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Identify Common Lawn Varieties

I've run into this problem and I'm sure others will too: I want to know what variety of lawn I've got. Knowing your lawn type is important for: watering, PH levels, fertiliser, etc. And if you ...
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What is this grub-like bug that's eating my eggplant leaves?

Recently I noticed some bugs eating the leaves of my eggplant. This is the first time I've ever seen these and so far the only plants they are on are the eggplant, they wont touch the peppers next to ...
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Do I have a totem plant?

Several years ago I purchased a plant that looked like a tree trunk . Leaves sprouted out from the sides and the top had a wax covering that needed to be scraped off. The leaves are dark green and ...
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I found a plant in my garden that I am unable to Identify [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is this plant with long sharp leaves? Is it a weed? I found this plant in my garden that I can't identify. I've asked a few people and they don't know either. It's ...
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Identify this sprawling vine with five-lobed leaves with serrated edges

Can anyone identify this vine? It's currently growing on the ground, as it has nothing to climb, and it's sending out long shoots in several directions. I'm in zone 7a if that helps at all. Click for ...
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What are these swirly green growths inside my bell peppers?

I occasionally discover swirly green growths inside my bell peppers, such as the ones pictured below. What are they exactly? Are they edible?
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What kind of plant/mushroom is this?

Two days ago I noticed this thing growing semi-covered in my garden near a grapevine: As you can see, it was light purpalish - light pinkish kind of colour. On touch it was a bit soft, and the ...
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Help identify peach tree

I have a sadly neglected peach tree that with some spraying and pruning might continue to produce for a few more years. It has excellent peaches, and when the time comes, I'd like to replace it with ...
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Identify this spiny seed from Northern California

What plant does this seed come from? I remember it being a low growing, sprawling weed that produced a ton of these little seeds that easily stick to clothes. In Northern California.
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Colorado Plant/Weed Identification Thistle thing with purple flowers

Can anyone help me identify this plant? It is located in the foothills of Colorado. and a younger version: Have not had any luck that past few days online and would appreciate any shared ...
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What sort of tomato has two layers of seeds?

I asked a question about this plant earlier. It appears to be either indeterminate or semi-determinate as I've already harvested three tomatoes (on August 31) and the plant is flowering again. I ...
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I need to identify the following plants? [closed]

I have bought these plants recently but i don't know their names Plants Images Can you tell me their names ?
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Pineapple or Date Palm?

I'm getting conflicting identification from various people. Does anybody know what the difference between a Pineapple and Date Palm is? Here are some palms that I have seen in my neighborhood each of ...
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What is this tall, fast growing plant?

We moved into this house in winter and now it is summer our garden is absolutely full of this stuff, so what is it and it isn't by any chance edible is it?
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Can someone identify this vine for me?

This vine is growing up around a sycamore tree in my yard. Mainly I am concerned that it is something that is toxic. Just want to make sure it isn't likely something that will make me break out in a ...
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What is this houseplant with large waxy leaves and a reddish base?

I have a problem with my house plant that I want to research on the net about what may have caused it and how to prevent it. The problem is I have no idea of the name of the plant. It looks like ...
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What is this woody plant?

I just dug up this tree (I think it is a tree), and I wanted to know if someone could help me identify it. Click for larger images. This woody plant was growing in Illinois near some marshy land ...
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What is this large furry leafed plant with purple stalks, found in the UK?

Does anyone have any idea what this is? It looks too substantial to be a weed
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What's making holes in the trunk/stem of my succulent? [closed]

Something is making holes in the stem/trunk of my succulent, and is now making holes in an offshoot. When I stick my fingers in the dark hole, it feels gritty. I don't see any insects in the hole or ...
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What kind of black and yellow insect has a zebra like pattern?

Can anyone help me identify a insect with the following features: black and yellow long feelers body is tapered toward the back zebra like pattern on the shell about 1.5 inches long found in ...
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Can anyone identify this plant?

Can anyone identify this plant that I found growing in my backyard? It has a thin stem, long thin leaves that are paired on the stem, with a prominent central rib on the leaves. Click on image for ...
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Help on identifying a sharp leaved white-(another variety of it is red-)flowered perennial

In my garden I have a perennial (at least in a second year) in two varieties (one white-flowered, one red) of the scrub pictured below. I collected seed from it last year and I got seedlings from it ...
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What is this insect with rough brown shell on potatoes?

This insect with a rough brownish shell showed up on potatoes at a friend's house in Vermont. I've looked around in books and online and can't find anything that's an exact match. Current control ...
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Houseplant Identification

I'm not sure whether I can ask this question here or not. For, I am attaching an image to be identified and it's not easily searchable. I bought this lovely plant yesterday, but I don't know its name ...
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Can you identify this small, formerly flowering houseplant?

I received this plant as a gift. It had flowers, but they have long since vanished. The plant seems to be doing fine- it's been putting out new leaves, and it's been six months. I recently moved it ...
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Can anyone identify this mystery plant growing in my vegetable garden?

I put a base of compost in my vegetable garden this year which included some number of seeds from vegetables I've eaten in the past. So far I have identified a tomato and squash plant, but this one is ...
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What is this low growing square-stemmed plant in my lawn?

I have a small, dense, spreading herbaceous perennial plant in my lawn. I don't have anything against it, but I would like to know what it is. It has slightly square stems and rounded leaves. It has ...
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What is this tropical-style houseplant?

I am not at all trained in identifying plants. I've tried the tips from the question: How do you identify a plant?, but I have no idea what kind of group or family this plant belongs to, so starting a ...
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Is this shrub a rhododendron, and how can I help it to flourish?

My mom gave me this shrub/tree/bush a few years back. She told me it was a rhododendron but had no other information. I live on the border of Zone 4 and 5 in the Lake Michigan basin. I planted it ...
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What type of squash is growing out of my compost pile?

I didn't turn my compost pile this spring, and had an unexpected surprise that's been growing for the last few weeks. Can anyone identify what it is? I'm almost 100% sure it's some type of squash, but ...
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What is this moth-like bug on my tree?

Check out what I found today on my 2 year old tree. It's about 2 to 3 inches in length not including those massive wings. glorious full size picture full size #2 The tree is a Texas Mountain ...
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I have mislabelled a herb (thought it was chives), can anyone recognize what this is?

Reddit thinks it might be a tomato. I thought it was chives, obviously it's not, but I still think I picked it from the herb shelf, not from a vegetable shelf.