Plant ID forum: What th...?????

Page 1 of 2 • 1 2
Views: 521, Replies: 22 » Jump to the end
Name: Joanna
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
Life & gardens: make them beautiful
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Vermiculture
Image
joannakat
May 25, 2017 12:30 PM CST
I just stumbled upon the strangest looking thing, at least to me. I've never seen anything like this (say's the gardening newbie *Blush* )

There's some type of pear tree growing at the edge of the wooded area behind my home. I love to check the progress of the fruit and today, I saw these things growing out of some of the leaves. They look like they are an integral part of the leaves, but I'm wondering if they're some sort of parasitic plant? Or something that originates from spores? Maybe some type of mushroom? Or some minute form of alien? It's on certain clumps of leaves and not others, which leads me to believe it's something that does not spawn directly from the host plant itself.

I'm hoping someone can enlighten me. It looks so interesting!

Thanking in advance.

Thumb of 2017-05-25/joannakat/9e25ae Thumb of 2017-05-25/joannakat/9cadef Thumb of 2017-05-25/joannakat/bbfb02
Thumb of 2017-05-25/joannakat/fdd877 Thumb of 2017-05-25/joannakat/9cb3ee Thumb of 2017-05-25/joannakat/2946f3
Thumb of 2017-05-25/joannakat/4b5985 Thumb of 2017-05-25/joannakat/98212c

AKA Joey.
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Image
tx_flower_child
May 25, 2017 12:41 PM CST
Definitely aliens.
Name: Joanna
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
Life & gardens: make them beautiful
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Vermiculture
Image
joannakat
May 25, 2017 12:56 PM CST
tx_flower_child said:Definitely aliens.


I know, right? Rolling on the floor laughing
AKA Joey.
Name: Danita
GA (Zone 7b)
Charter ATP Member Forum moderator Hummingbirder Salvias Butterflies Birds
Plant Identifier Vegetable Grower Container Gardener Seed Starter Cat Lover Region: Georgia
Image
Danita
May 25, 2017 1:15 PM CST
Perhaps Eriophyes cerasicrumena galls or something similar?
http://bugguide.net/node/view/...

Creepy! Blinking
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Image
tx_flower_child
May 25, 2017 1:20 PM CST
Well, I looked at the first picture and then the second, kinda thinking 'hmm'. And then wham! Scrolling quickly through the rest it just got weirder and weirder. Dang! No, make that a double dang!

You must have quite a zoom lens on your camera. Have you been playing with clay, making little finger-like things and sticking them on a leaf?

Did you ever have (or maybe like me still have) one of those little flipbooks? The kind where you quickly flip the pages and it's like watching a dog do somersaults or King Kong climb the building to grab the girl. So scrolling quickly through your pictures has that strange optical illusion effect. I love it! And I can't stop doing it! Does it show that I'm easily amused?

So anyway, maybe while I'm typing this, someone has actually answered your question.
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
Always count your blessings in life
Cat Lover Houseplants Plays in the sandbox Region: California Orchids Plant Lover: Loves 'em all!
Composter Cactus and Succulents Dragonflies Hummingbirder Amaryllis Container Gardener
Image
tarev
May 25, 2017 1:26 PM CST
Maybe leaf galls...saw this interesting article about it : https://www.thespruce.com/deal...
Name: Joanna
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
Life & gardens: make them beautiful
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Vermiculture
Image
joannakat
May 25, 2017 1:27 PM CST
Danita said:Perhaps Eriophyes cerasicrumena galls or something similar?
http://bugguide.net/node/view/...

Creepy! Blinking


Yes, indeed, creepy!

That's a great reference link Danita, thank you! They do look very similar, especially at the base. They have a request for ID section, so I think I'll send them the photos for an ID. Of course, if anyone here already knows what they are, even better!

I'm hoping they're beneficial to something along the way. The cherry galls feed a specific type of caterpillar. I don't even know what a gall is! Learning....
AKA Joey.
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Image
tx_flower_child
May 25, 2017 1:45 PM CST
@Danita - Bingo! I think you nailed it.

Name: Joanna
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
Life & gardens: make them beautiful
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Vermiculture
Image
joannakat
May 25, 2017 3:33 PM CST
@Danita, that bug site is aMAZing! I love it! Thank you so much for sharing it! Hurray! Thank You!
AKA Joey.
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Image
tx_flower_child
May 26, 2017 3:55 PM CST
Yes, @Danita. Love that bug site.

@joannakat - by coincidence, after posting here I was doing some yard work and found the following leaf with what I assume are galls. Fortunately it was not from one of my trees. And not nearly as creepy as yours. Unfortunately the only camera I have is the one on my phone.





Thumb of 2017-05-26/tx_flower_child/df874a





Name: Joanna
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
Life & gardens: make them beautiful
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Vermiculture
Image
joannakat
May 26, 2017 8:15 PM CST
tx_flower_child said:Yes, @Danita. Love that bug site.

@joannakat - by coincidence, after posting here I was doing some yard work and found the following leaf with what I assume are galls. Fortunately it was not from one of my trees. And not nearly as creepy as yours. Unfortunately the only camera I have is the one on my phone.
Thumb of 2017-05-26/tx_flower_child/df874a


Yet still, very strange.
AKA Joey.
Name: Danita
GA (Zone 7b)
Charter ATP Member Forum moderator Hummingbirder Salvias Butterflies Birds
Plant Identifier Vegetable Grower Container Gardener Seed Starter Cat Lover Region: Georgia
Image
Danita
May 26, 2017 9:16 PM CST
Ah, I see tx_flower_child has located the flying saucers for your aliens, Joanna! Hilarious!
Name: Joanna
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
Life & gardens: make them beautiful
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Vermiculture
Image
joannakat
May 26, 2017 9:35 PM CST
Danita said:Ah, I see tx_flower_child has located the flying saucers for your aliens, Joanna! Hilarious!

LOL!!! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
AKA Joey.
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Keeper of Poultry Farmer Roses Raises cows
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
porkpal
May 27, 2017 6:25 AM CST
Do they leave circular scars on the leaves when they depart?
Porkpal
Name: Joanna
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
Life & gardens: make them beautiful
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Vermiculture
Image
joannakat
May 27, 2017 8:47 AM CST
porkpal said:Do they leave circular scars on the leaves when they depart?


If you're asking me, I don't know. I can look for some signs later today though. If they're galls, do they depart, or do they just provide food for the creature hatching inside and then decay? Shrug!
AKA Joey.
Name: Danita
GA (Zone 7b)
Charter ATP Member Forum moderator Hummingbirder Salvias Butterflies Birds
Plant Identifier Vegetable Grower Container Gardener Seed Starter Cat Lover Region: Georgia
Image
Danita
May 27, 2017 9:00 AM CST
Porkpal! Rolling on the floor laughing
Joanna, he's, jokingly, asking if they leave crop circles! Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Joanna
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
Life & gardens: make them beautiful
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Vermiculture
Image
joannakat
May 27, 2017 2:37 PM CST
Danita said:Porkpal! Rolling on the floor laughing
Joanna, he's, jokingly, asking if they leave crop circles! Rolling on the floor laughing


D'Oh! Feeling a little silly now....

So it looks like they're Eriophyes cerasicrumena which ARE galls, but there was some confusion because they are not usually found on the leaves of pear trees, but of cherry trees. So I went out to photograph the pears to back up my claim, and OMG, it looks like there are two trees that are growing so closely together that they look like one at the trunk. I don't know that the other is a cherry tree, but I don't know yet that it isn't. One thing for sure, these aren't on the leaves of the pear tree. *Blush*

So now I feel doubly silly. Oh well, this is how we learn, right?

You have to log in to see the post: http://bugguide.net/node/view/...
AKA Joey.
Name: Joanna
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
Life & gardens: make them beautiful
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Vermiculture
Image
joannakat
May 27, 2017 2:39 PM CST
Better link, might not need to log in: http://bugguide.net/node/view/...
AKA Joey.
Name: Danita
GA (Zone 7b)
Charter ATP Member Forum moderator Hummingbirder Salvias Butterflies Birds
Plant Identifier Vegetable Grower Container Gardener Seed Starter Cat Lover Region: Georgia
Image
Danita
May 27, 2017 2:56 PM CST
Interesting developments!

I wonder if it could be a Wild Black Cherry (Prunus serotina) or Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana) . Birds love to eat the numerous cherries from those and then later perch in other trees where they poop out the seeds.
https://gobotany.newenglandwil...
https://gobotany.newenglandwil...
[Last edited by Danita - May 27, 2017 3:25 PM (+)]
Give a thumbs up | Quote | Post #1456210 (19)
Name: Joanna
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
Life & gardens: make them beautiful
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Vermiculture
Image
joannakat
May 27, 2017 4:10 PM CST
Danita said:Interesting developments!

I wonder if it could be a Wild Black Cherry (Prunus serotina) or Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana) . Birds love to eat the numerous cherries from those and then later perch in other trees where they poop out the seeds.
https://gobotany.newenglandwil...
https://gobotany.newenglandwil...


Looks like it could be either. I'll watch as the fruit appears, take pictures and update.
AKA Joey.

Page 1 of 2 • 1 2

« Garden.org Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« Plant ID forum
Only the members of the Members group may reply to this thread.

Member Login:

Username:

Password:

[ Join now ]

Today's site banner is by sunnyvalley and is called "Aster and Sedum"