Among Rhode Island Wild Flowers and Native Plants

Among Rhode Island Wildflowers

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What plant is that?

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January 2020 Mystery Plant

January 2020 Mystery Plant--female flowers

January 2020 Mystery Plant male catkins

January 2020 Mystery Plant nutlets
Top two photos and bottom photo:
© Francis R. Underwood 2020
Photo third from top: Peter M. Dziuk,
via Minnesota Wildflowers,

The mystery plant for January, 2020
is a small shrub found on
pond edges, bogs and other wetlands. 
It flowers in April and May. 
The plant is dioecious with staminate and pistillate flowers in catkins
which are usually on separate plants. 
The female flowers are quite attractive
with long red stigmas.
These flowers develop fruit in the form
of a cluster of nutlets.
The male flowers composed of stamens
are borne on cylindrical catkins.
The leaves are alternate, toothed
near the apex,
and have minute yellow glands
on both top and bottom surfaces
that give the leaves their unique scent.
The twigs are covered with yellow glands. This shrub grows along pond edges
and other wetland areas.

Stop back next month to find out
what this mystery plant is.

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for last month's mystery plant.

Mystery Plants from
past months, click, here

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if you're right, we'll list
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Congratulations to the following
for correctly identifying
last month's mystery plant.

Elizabeth Dickson
Brooke Dodge
Allison Gallagher
Lydia Genard
Taylor Kurker
Brian Maynard
Wendy Miller
Nadia Moss
Krista Noe
Kevin Rodriguez
Allison Stift
Kyle Vieira
Anne Wagner