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Wednesday - September 01, 2010

From: Bon Aqua , TN
Region: Southeast
Topic: Plant Identification
Title: Need Plant Identification from Bon Aqua, Tennessee?
Answered by: Marilyn Kircus


By a creek, I found a plant that I have never seen in my life. It has a tall stalk and has leaves like a weed or grass, and the flower looks like a pine tree. The plant looks like a mix of a grass, a weed, and a pine tree.. I have photographs. Is this a rare plant?


It's great that you have photographs of this plant.  We love identifying native plants. Please send us an e-mail, following the instructions below:

  1. Tell us where and when you found the plant and describe the site where it occurred.
  2. If possible, take several high-resolution images including details of leaves, stems, flowers, fruit, and the overall plant.
  3. Save images in JPEG format. Do not reduce the resolution of your images. High-resolution images are much easier for us to work with.
  4. Send email with images attached to Please enter Plant ID Request on the subject line of your email.

If  your plant turns out to be non-native, you might consider visiting the UBC Botanical Gardens Forums website.


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