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Monday - August 31, 2009

From: Dimondale, MI
Region: Midwest
Topic: Plant Identification
Title: Mystery plant
Answered by: Nan Hampton


mystery plant, multiple non-woody stems from a single base, thorns like a rose bush,leaves like poison ivy in sets of three with the top dark green underside pale green. thanks


Mr. Smarty Plants does think your plant sounds mysterious!!  Please send us photos and he will do his best to identify it.  For instructions on submitting photos please visit Mr. Smarty Plants' Plant Identification page.

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