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What plant is that?

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July 2020 Mystery Plant

July 2020 Mystery Plant -- flowers

Photos credits: © Francis R. Underwood 2020

The mystery plant for July
is not native to RI and
is rather new to the flora here.
In 2009 I reported this plant growing alongside an unpaved road in Exeter. 
I had not seen it since, until I noticed it growing at Fort Nature Refuge
a few weeks ago,
but I didn’t recognize it.
The flowers on this plant
have 4 white petals,
but the petals are not always present. 
This plant typically has
numerous alternate leaves which
are divided into smaller leaflets. 
It also has sagitate-auriculate leaf bases which partially surround the stem.
(Haines 2011; Mehrhoff et al. 2003).
This plant can grow in many different environments and is often listed as invasive.


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

E-mail your guess to us and,
if you're right, we'll list
your name below.

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

Emma Brown
Elizabeth E. Dickson
Nancy Fullerton
Maria Jomides
Jacquelyn Kanis
Brian Maynard
Alan Newton
Krista Noe
Daniel Quirk
Deborah Vine-Smith
JW