Sunday, March 22, 2009

Mysterious Spike Plant for Green Thumb Sunday


Mysterious Spike Plant for Green Thumb Sunday


a green spike plant pod




Green Thumb Sunday Blogroll

How to join Green Thumb Sunday


I have a mystery that I am hoping someone can help me solve.

I found this plant last autumn while we were vising the ocean.

These green spiky plant pods were growing in the rocks and grass right before it all turned into the sandy beach.

They were in all stages of development - the plant had flowers, these green spikes, and dried brown pods that were shriveled and splitting open.

The plant only grew about 3 feet tall - it was a rather low, brush type.

I am really interested in finding out what it is, and if anyone has any idea, I would be most thankful!













17 comments:

  1. Kathy, might it be Jimson Weed? I've seen those pods before but I have no real knowledge of them. (I often want to look up plants on the web or in a book, but if you don't know the name, it's hard to do...)

    ReplyDelete
  2. It is some kind of wild cucumber. I'd need to see the leaves better to know what kind. They are awesome! Echinocystis lobata for sure if it was in the north US, but there may be other kinds in FL that I don't know about.

    http://myqualityday.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  3. I think it's an alien pod, that is how they all start when they come to Earth,lol, just kidding... I hope. Anyways cool pic.

    ReplyDelete
  4. this is a nut, if I'm not mistaken it could be a chestnut tree. I need to see the leaves to have more to work with. but it looks like a chestnut tree from what I can see.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Looks to me like one of the Jimsom weeds,

    ReplyDelete
  6. Hi Lynda - You are correct - I looked it up on Wiki, and there is was. It is hard to look something up when you have no idea of where to start.

    I thank you very much!!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Hi Sharkbytes - You are correct too! The wiki stated that the wild cucumber is one of the many common names this plant has.

    You guys are great!! Thank you!!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Hi Bob - haha - you gotta watch those aliens - you never know where they're hiding!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Hi RE Ausetkmt - I thought it was a chestnut at first - but I had seen those before, and this was a bit different. Thanks for stopping by!

    ReplyDelete
  10. I think it's a chestnut tree. It looks a bit like our horse chestnut that we have here.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Interesting plant. Those spikes aren't poisonous, are they?

    BTW, I came to your site today by way of SlogBite’s new game. If you haven’t tried it you really should give it whirl. http://www.slogbite.com/particpant-features/slog-machine

    ReplyDelete
  12. Around MA I think we call it a shunk cabbage because when it opens it seeds everywhere

    ReplyDelete
  13. Jimson weed (Datura Stramonium) - by the look of the stem

    There is another plant that goes by the common name of wild cucumber:

    Wild Cucumber (Echinocystis lobata) has a similar looking pod but is a vine.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Well I'm glad that mystery was finally solved. I am still down until late Thursday or possibly Friday.

    I really appreciate you hanging in there with me. I am making my thank you list now for adds this past week.

    Whewww...I have a lot of catching up to do when I am at 100% again!!

    Happy week...see you Thursday or Friday!

    Jackie:-)

    ReplyDelete
  15. This is very interesting. I have a plant in my yard which I thought I had planted and this is what it is. A friend told me to get rid of it because it was poisonous and if somebody ate any part of it they would go crazy. I didn't believe him so I googled images of spiky plants and came to this page which told me it was Jimson weed. I then read about Jimson weed on Wikipedia and it is indeed a very dangerous plant to have around. I'm guessing that the seeds were dormant in the soil that I bought and they grew instead of the seeds that I had planted. We're getting rid of them first thing tomorrow!

    ReplyDelete
  16. this plan is called titera n oxya it is a very bad plant. by the looks of the plant on top it is what i think it is. you can smoke the seeds and halusinate. when yu do so you loose your vision and have bad dreems and you dont know what is reall or not i highly advise if yu see the plan get ride of it.

    ReplyDelete
  17. Yes definitely the Jimson Weed saw one last autumn couldn't find anything on line this year I have about 30 of them. I guess I'll need to uproot them all before the sheep go in.

    ReplyDelete

Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment - it is appreciated! I will do my best to return it with a visit to your blog. Take care, and enjoy!

Google
 

Blog Communities

Visitors Since 09/05/07