Plant ID forum: Mystery plant

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rlwycoff
Nov 20, 2016 9:37 PM CST
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My friend took this photo in the Eugene Oregon area.
Can someone identify it?
Thank you!
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Nov 20, 2016 9:45 PM CST

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greene
Nov 23, 2016 7:47 PM CST
I might be totally wrong but something about it reminds me of a type of Sundew. Can you get a photo that is more in-focus?
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DaisyI
Nov 23, 2016 9:23 PM CST
That was my first thought too. The purple color and lack of evident moisture are confusing if it is.

The only native Drosera I know of is Drosera angelica and it looks nothing like that.
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Leftwood
Nov 23, 2016 9:43 PM CST
At first glance I thought that, too, but no sundew could survive in soil like that, let alone it being WAY too dry! The hairs would never be white, there is not enough of them and they are not nearly long enough, either.
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rlwycoff
Nov 26, 2016 9:00 PM CST
Hi, I posted this picture from a Facebook post my friend put up, so unfortunately I don't have a better picture to post. She got no responses off Facebookso I thought I would try here. Thank You!
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tofitropic
Nov 27, 2016 5:27 AM CST
I believes that is an asteraceae, could be some type of Emilia spp, some have purplish leaves and hairy, could also other member of aster family though. wait until bit larger, usually leaves will change in both color and form, and better ID will be easier with flower.
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sooby
Nov 27, 2016 8:40 AM CST
I was thinking maybe Brassicaceae, they tend to be rosette-forming and to have purpling. The closest I've found, but still not quite a match, is Streptanthus cordatus. It has the sparsely toothed leaf margins and somewhat winged petioles of the ID plant (not quite spatulate I think?) but it doesn't have all the hairs of the ID plant. Here's a pic in case it gives someone a lead:

https://www.google.ca/search?q...
Name: Sue
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sooby
Nov 27, 2016 10:03 AM CST
Tofitropic may be right about Asteraceae, it rather looks like a purpled Sonchus seedling:

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tofitropic
Nov 28, 2016 3:37 AM CST
Agree with Sooby, it does similar with sonchus. At first actually I think it was some kind of Emilia sonchifolia the "sonchus"-leaved emilia (lilac tassel flower), which are common in my area, but I don't know what species is common in OP's area.
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rlwycoff
Dec 3, 2016 12:25 PM CST
I think it is in the sonchus family, thank you all who responded.
I've yet to see a purple one in any of the plant databases I searched. My friend definitely found one unique weed😊 Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!
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sooby
Dec 3, 2016 12:41 PM CST
I found a couple of pictures of purple ones but they're at a later stage of growth:

https://www.google.ca/search?q...

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