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Plant id's

Discussion in 'Tortoise Diet and Food' started by Chasen, Dec 25, 2018.

  1. Chasen

    Chasen Active Member

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    I'm wondering if you guys have positive id's on any of these? Thanx

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    I'm pretty certain the second and fourth are dandelion.
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    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 10 Year Member! Platinum Supporter

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    The second and fourth pictures show edible weeds. Either prickly lettuce, hawk's beard or something like that. If the third picture is pennywort, it's edible. The first picture may be horseweed. It's not palatable and they won't eat it.
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    Thank you. There are plants popping up everywhere in non fertilized locations. Looking at increasing diet variety.
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    Agreed the largest plant in the first photo is horseweed. It grows into a hideous and large weed, I pull it as soon as I see it.

    Also agreed the second and fourth photos are some kind of chicory (dandelion relative) and safe. You’ve got some clover in that fourth photo as well.

    The third plant I can’t put my finger on but I don’t think it is a pennywort.
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    It may be creeping Charlie. Tortoise table says no feed but I have heard of people that do feed it. So, I don’t know.
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    It does look like Creeping Charlie, you’re right. BUT... since I don’t have it near me I can’t be sure.

    Ground ivy is another name for it @Chasen, if you want to look it up to compare. It eventually has purple flowers.

    It does have some toxins but some people feed it with no issues. (How useful is that?!)

    As always, only feed what you are comfortable with.
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    Thanx. So that's clover? I get confused between the sorrels and the clovers until they flower. The third one is identified as ground ivy according to plantsnap. Again, I'm waiting for flowers. lol
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    "Some feed with no issues" What about the others? lol I'll avoid it. I just got him past a hurdle, so why risk it. There seems to be a few other options growing out there I can add in. Thank you for your input.
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    Thanx all for your help in iding plants. Anybody know this one? I seem to have a hard time getting anything out of plantsnap.

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    I use 2 different apps and look at pictures, and for the life of me I cannot ID plants! They all look the same to me.
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    The Tortoise Table is a database many users here rely on to decide what’s safe to feed but it is super conservative. It sometimes cautions about a plant more or less because it *could* be bad but they don’t have evidence it actually is. :eek: I feed a bunch of stuff it warns against, but that doesn’t mean every owner could or would want to. Why risk it, just as you say.
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    I'm much better with desert species. LOL
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    Interesting. Can you get a clearer shot of the flowers? Looks like another chicory of some kind from the flowers but the leaves aren’t familiar.
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    I try and try, but can't seem to get a focus on the flowers. I might just have to pick them and try that way.
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    If you do pick the plant, give us a shot of the whole thing and then one of a single leaf and one of a/some flower(s). Put something in the shot, like a quarter, so we can get a visual on the size of the plant.

    OR

    Wait five minutes and someone smart will ID it for us in here. :)

    I’m in a very dry area myself so anything that grows in damp is a mystery to me.
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    I like both of your options.
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    Sow Thistle or Bitter Lettuce? Or something else?

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    BTW, Thankyou all for your input.
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    A thistle, I’d say. But bitter lettuce is another close relative. There are about a million chicories and they look pretty similar up front. Serrated green leaves, usually with obvious hairs. Multi petaled yellow flowers. If it makes you feel better, here are a couple of pictures of different dandelion relatives, they really all do look alike. I only recognized catsear for the first time last year.

    If you look at the first picture, looking at the flowers sideways, you should see why I think your earlier photo is a chicory.

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