Fallopia japonicaFOUND by Fro-do
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I am happy because I'm writing my research paper on this plant, and now I don't have to spend three hours looking for knotweed. Oh yeah, and for scientific discovery and that stuff. I smell dew and water, wet soil, and gas (the road I'm on is strangely busy). I hear cars driving by and birds chirping, and my mom telling me to stop taking pictures of grass and get in the car. I'm worried that this stand of knotweed might not be Fallopia japonica, but actually its hybrid plant, because those things are kinda scary. I'm also a little worried about being in a stream next to a power plant, but you know. I'd like to know if this really is japanese knotweed, and if I can expect it to grow more and overrun this place.
Leaves of Fallopia japonica are green and very large, they can grow to be 18 cm long. They are heart-shaped with a flattened base, kind of like a shield. Okay, so they're shield-shaped. These leaves are obviously green, and they are large and shield-shaped.
Knotweed stems are hollow and green with reddish-purple spots all over. Since I don't think I can legally slaughter a stand of knotweed to prove it's hollow, I think I'll just stick to the colors. This stem is clearly green and covered in reddish-purple specks. It also looks kind of hollow, but I wouldn't know, because I'm a good citizen.
N 43.487117 °
W -70.472888 °
May Street Power Plant Swamp
Sun, 2013-05-26 16:30
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