Questions tagged [identification]

Use this tag for questions that ask "what is this thing?" Pictures, geographic location, and descriptive titles are important. Ask only one identification request per question. When you get an answer, consider adding a further tag (for the flower, tree, beetle etc. that has been identified) so your question is cataloged correctly. If the question is about determining the cause of a plant problem (e.g. disease), the diagnosis tag is more appropriate.

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What is the best way to identify a Saintpaulia (African violet)?

Several times, I have had Saintpaulias (African violets) in unlabeled pots. I tried finding the variety name through several sites and they all looked different. How can I identify them?
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What are the mini-white moths on my tomato plant?

I have some tomato plants indoors. Recently a number of very small (1 mm or so) moths dwell on the leaves. What are these? Are they harmful? What can I do about them?
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What is this woody plant with spicy, citrus flavored twigs?

I was out hiking today, and, as I often do, I absentmindedly chewed on twigs that I broke off from around shoulder height. I noticed that one twig had a spicy, citrus flavor. It reminded me of ...
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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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What is this screening tree, growing in South Australia?

Can anyone identify this screening tree/hedge growing in the Adelaide plains, South Australia? Any family or clade suggestions will help! I'd like to propagate it next to the fences in our own ...
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Bee-attracting tall shrub with cones of tiny cream-white flowers in Colorado?

We live at 7000 feet and have a volunteer shrub that is over 6 feet tall. The flowers are about 1/4"-3/8"; cream/white colored; with 5 wee petals and a pale yellow, spikey center. Also, the flowers ...
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Can Oyster mushrooms grow on a Yucca tree?

I am not certain of the exact species of this Yucca (Maybe Yucca Guatemalensis?) But there are several of these trees growing in the front yards of several homes in a co-workers neighborhood in the ...
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What kind of orchid did I buy?

I stumbled upon a farmers market in North California this weekend and bought this really pretty orchid, but I guess I was too excited about my purchase to ask the seller what kind of orchid it was, ...
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What type of dandelion is this?

Years ago, hiking in the Malibu CA region, I saw this very unusual inflorescence that looked like a dandelion but isn't like any that I've ever seen before or since. The yellow flowers in the corner ...
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Can you please identify these trees?

Could you identify these two trees please? I live in Western Australia if that helps. I believe the first one is a blood Gum. My dog likes chewing the lower branches of this second one, so really ...
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What is this pine tree with long pendulous needles and vivid purple flowers?

Having looked around the net I think the tree in the photos here is a Western White Pine - certainly the cone seems to suggest that - but the very long pendulous needles and the vivid purple flowers ...
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What is this giant prehistoric looking plant?

It has massive green leaves that stay green through out the year, purple flowers in clusters that bloom from early spring through out the summer. And it's in Spain :) Any help appreciated! Thank you.
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Can anyone identify this apparent succulent weed? It's popping up all over after our rains

This appears to be a weed, as hundreds have popped up all over a backyard at a client's home. Any idea of what it is? Found in San Diego, California, USA.
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What is this large leaf by a river in Pennsylvania?

This plant is new to me. It's about 3 ft tall, in a well-shaded area on a river bank in Pennsylvania. It's rough to the touch and looks like a huge parsley-type leaf. I've lived in PA for about 16 ...
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Is this deciduous shrub with leathery green leaves in Northern England, some sort of cotoneaster?

Our garden in the North of England was full of these when we moved in. It grows a lot vertically, never seems to flower, is deciduous, and has leathery green leaves. Been trying to work out what it ...
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Identification needed on this plant with reddish stems

I am needing an identification on this gem growing in Utah. I usually pull them up when they are little so I've never seen it grow this big. I appreciate your help!
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ID this plant from an inherited garden

I recently inherited a garden on my university campus in Buffalo, New York. We think that it's a fruiting plant, but we're not sure what it is. Can anyone help?
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What is this 3cm green caterpillar from northern California?

We have a number of these caterpillars in the yard. They are about 3 cm long. This is on the peninsula south of San Francisco, CA, USA. I initially thought of geometer moths but it seems to have ...
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Does this bird cause any harm to the garden?

Couple of days back we had a visitor to our garden. I've never seen this bird before. Does anyone know what this bird is? And does it do any damage to the garden? Sorry about the blurry picture. Its ...
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How can I get rid of this vine-like weed with small rounded leaves?

I've got the weed shown here all in my yard, and no one can tell me what it is or how to kill it. What is this and how do I get rid of it? Click any photo for full size
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What is this tiny blue/purple flower with thin, vinelike stems, in Charles City, Virginia?

Update 6/4/ 2017: I am so happy that the ID "Eryngium prostratum – Creeping Eryngo" was found by Lorel C., and am awarding her the bounty. I also wish that that people could please vote for Christy B....
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What type of plant is this? It looks like Chamomile

I'm thinking it could be Chamomile, but I'm not quite sure. This was found in Washington. Any ideas?
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Are these maggots and are they okay in the soil around the roots of a fruit tree?

Just dug these up from around the roots of a stone fruit tree. Are they maggots? Are they good or bad for the soil around the roots of the tree? Do they harm the tree in any way? If yes to the ...
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Fast-growing vine, supposed to be a flowering plant

A few months ago, I planted some flower seeds that looked like they were designed for wind dispersal: very light, thin, and elongated (a little shorter than one of my finger joints). Mostly black with ...
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What is this large plant that came up when I turned my soil?

I turned my soil recently and this huge plant started to grow. I have put my hand there to show the size. It does not seem to be a weed so I would really want to know if this is some kind of vegetable ...
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What is this house plant with bright pink flowers and dark green leaves? How should I take care of it?

I bought this plant from a home repair store 3 days back, but I don't know what it is. Now it seems that its decaying. What is this plant and what do I need to do to take care of it?
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Is this wild garlic?

I harvested what thought was wild garlic today, April 15th, but I have a doubt now. I heard the plant can look at lot like meadow saffron and lilys of the valley, both of which are potentially deadly. ...
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What is this caterpillar?

I found this caterpillar and was wondering if anyone could identify it. Is it poisonous/dangerous? Would it be good or bad for a garden soil? This was found in Australia. Here is a photo.
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What kind of plant is this, and how do I care for it?

I was given this plant but can't remember the name. Can anyone identify this type of plant? Or maybe even know where to get information about it?
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What is this succulent weed?

This guy has been growing like gang busters in a newly planted bed of ground covering sedums. It's actually kind of a nice ground cover but based on its rate of spread and the fact that I didn't plant ...
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Is this plant Giant Hogweed?

In getting our spring landscaping underway, we've run into a bush that a family member is sure that this plant (pictured) is Giant Hogweed. Click photo for full size British Columbia considers this ...
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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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Are these growths on my houseplant roots?

I'm not sure of the name of this plant. It doesn't grow too quickly, maybe one or two inches each year. Is the growth in the bottom picture a root? Can I clone this plant from that? (Click on the ...
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Mysterious Brazilian jungle plant

A couple of years ago a guy claimed to have brought a Brazilian plant from the jungle. He wanted to bring a banana but as soon as the plant grew it was obvious that this was no banana plant. If you ...
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What are these little white bugs on my eggplant?

I have these little white bugs on my eggplant, not many of them yet. What are they? How do i get rid of them? I'm a first year indoor organic gardener. It is important to note they are in pots. I ...
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What is this little insect larvae on my cucumbers?

Need help identifying these little monsters creatures on my cucumber plants. It doesn't look like a beetle but working along side beetles.
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What is this annual weed with square stems and purple bracts?

This plant is a low-growing cool season annual. I'm guessing it is in the mint family because of it's square stems, triangular hairy leaves and distinctive odor. The plants are 4-8" tall, and grow ...
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What variety of cedar is this in Puget Sound region?

Attaching three photos of of a grove of (I think) cedar trees, which are distinct from the common Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata) which has a pyramid shape and uniform branches when standing alone. ...
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Identification - Plant growing next to my bonsai?

I bought a bonsai (exterior one) some weeks ago and a plant is growing just next to it. I have some questions about it. Is someone able to identify what kind of plants it is ? Is this plant can ...
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What is this round neon-green fruit with a bumpy surface?

I have a vague recollection that this is called some kind of "apple" as a nickname. But I just couldn't retrieve the exact name from memory.
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Little white stones appearing in the soil of my plants

Why does there appear little white stones in the soil of my plants? I had this before in other plants, and now I see it appearing together with my basil. They have a size of max 1 cm and are very ...
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What is this houseplant that looks like it has a fruit in the curled leaves?

I've had this plant for a year now, but don't know the name. Can someone help me identify this plant and also tell me how keep him healthy? Here are the two photos for identification:
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Can anyone identify this mystery plant growing in my vegetable garden? [closed]

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 bee(?)-attracting wildflower?

This wildflower (weed?) appeared recently in my yard. The petal color in the pictures is not faithful - in reality, the petals have slight component of "dirty-purple" color, that my camera seems not ...
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Do I have poison ivy, poison oak, or some other noxious weed?

An out of state friend of mine has just moved to a new place in Knoxville TN, and her new gardener has offered to remove the following plants (pictured) claiming them to be both poison ivy and poison ...
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Identification of ground cover in small decideous forest (zone 5B)

This morning I was walking in Saint-Bruno national park in Quebec, Canada and I happened upon this large patch of ground cover. It was particularly striking as it seemed to be an evergreen herbaceous ...
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What is this small shrub with variegated glossy ovate leaves?

My mother has this plant on her window sill and we don't know what species it is. All I know is that it resisted temperatures below 0°C this winter. Any idea? I can take other pictures if necessary.
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What tree does this leaf belong to? [duplicate]

I came across this tree many times in Zurich but I wasn't able to find the name. Any suggestions?
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What is this wildflower with 4 petals, white with purple spots?

What is this wildflower with 4 symmetrical petals, white with purple spots, lanceolate leaves? The plant is about a foot high. I live in the middle Himalayas (about 1600m above sea level) and it's ...
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Identify this tree with two different types of leaves?

There are 2 types of leaves sprouting from the mystery root here. You might guess that one is a sprig of tree leaves and the other leaves belong to a weed, but in fact both are growing directly from ...

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