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What plant is that?

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April 2021 Mystery Plant

April 2021 Mystery Plant  leaves

April 2021 Mystery Plant  stem

April 2021 Mystery Plant flowers

April 2021 Mystery Plant  fruit

Top: Olivier Pichard, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/
licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons
2nd & 3rd photos: © Katy Chayka,
via Minnesota Wildflowers,
https://www.minnesotawildflowers.inf 4th photo: Patrick J. Alexander, hosted by the USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database
Bottom:© Katy Chayka, via Minnesota Wildflowers, https://www.minnesotawildflowers.inf

April’s mystery plant
is an invasive biennial/perennial
from Eurasia. While not fussy
about soil types, it prefers
sunny well-drained meadows
and disturbed sites. 
The plant can reach 4 feet in height
with alternate, pinnately divided,
and coarsely toothed leaves.
The leaves have a long petiole that
encircles the stem at the nodes
and are yellowish-green in color.
The yellow, 5-petaled flowers
are small and grow in umbels
that are 4” to 8” in diameter. 
Each fruit contains two seeds.  

Warning: contact with the sap of this plant can cause sensitivity to sunlight and
result in a burn-like dermatitis.


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what this mystery plant is.

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Congratulations to the following
for correctly identifying
last month's mystery plant.

Emma Brown
Brian Maynard
Wendy Miller
Alan Newton