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Old 09-20-2014, 06:55 PM
 
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Strange weed ID?-image.jpg

I've never tried to attach a picture before, so I apologize in advance if this doesn't work. I just moved into my home about a year ago, and over the past few weeks this strange weed has popped up everywhere, and I've never seen anything like it. It is brown, looks almost like sticks. It has reddish buds that turn into small thin purplish flowers. It seems to be spreading by rhizomes, or at least appears in clumps, and it seems to like the shade. I've tried googling but haven't found anything that resembles it. Does anyone have any idea what this is?
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Old 09-20-2014, 06:58 PM
 
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Attachment 136424Here's another picture if it helps...
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Old 09-20-2014, 07:37 PM
 
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Old 09-20-2014, 07:39 PM
 
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Old 09-20-2014, 07:47 PM
 
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Sorry, I'm in NJ
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Old 09-20-2014, 07:51 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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Attachment 136424Here's another picture if it helps...
This attachment didn't work. What works easiest for me, is to upload pics to a site like photobucket, then use the photo icon and put in the web address.

My first thought was pussywillow. I'll go do some googling...
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Old 09-20-2014, 07:59 PM
 
Location: Logan Township, Minnesota
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I've never tried to attach a picture before, so I apologize in advance if this doesn't work. I just moved into my home about a year ago, and over the past few weeks this strange weed has popped up everywhere, and I've never seen anything like it. It is brown, looks almost like sticks. It has reddish buds that turn into small thin purplish flowers. It seems to be spreading by rhizomes, or at least appears in clumps, and it seems to like the shade. I've tried googling but haven't found anything that resembles it. Does anyone have any idea what this is?
It looks like a variety of Allotropa, a relative of the Indian Pipe family. a group of none chlorophyl plants that live in the shade and are parasitic on various fungi. They are also called "Sugar Sticks"

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Old 09-20-2014, 08:36 PM
 
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This enlarged portion of the OP's first picture is what is making me think it is a variety of alotropa. I'm thinking late in the season, starting to turn brown, seed pods dropped the seed and are empty

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Old 09-20-2014, 09:08 PM
 
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Wow, Woodrow, that really looks just like it, and the description sounds spot on. But it's range is supposed to be in the Pacific Northwest, and I'm all the way over in NJ! I know the previous owners had a lot of landscaping done, so maybe some of the plants could have brought it with them I guess? It's just so strange, within a few weeks it spread through most of my front yard and seems to be also taking over an area overgrown with ivy. I've been pulling it all out but I'm worried I'm missing a lot of it because of the underground rhizomes that are probably breaking off.

Thanks so much for your quick assistance!
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Old 09-21-2014, 04:14 AM
 
Location: Florida (SW)
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Wow, Woodrow, that really looks just like it, and the description sounds spot on. But it's range is supposed to be in the Pacific Northwest, and I'm all the way over in NJ! I know the previous owners had a lot of landscaping done, so maybe some of the plants could have brought it with them I guess? It's just so strange, within a few weeks it spread through most of my front yard and seems to be also taking over an area overgrown with ivy. I've been pulling it all out but I'm worried I'm missing a lot of it because of the underground rhizomes that are probably breaking off.

Thanks so much for your quick assistance!
If Woodrow's diagnosis is correct....and I think it probably is.....and since the previous owner did a lot of landscaping.......I would guess perhaps they dug in a lot of organic material....compost.....mulches. If so that organic material might be "feeding" the "sugar stick" invader. It does make sense.

The geographic location and range is the spoiler in this theory....but who knows.

PS there is a member of that family that is native to NJ.... Allotropa convexifrons. I haven't found anything written in "lay-persons" language but I did find it when I googled.....as native to NJ.

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