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Mar 31, 2018 1:29 PM CST
Winston-Salem NC
I've looked in my Peterson's guide, on many web searches, and even a few apps and I simply can not identify this plant!

Habitat is full sun meadow, clustered community. Taste and smell is neutral. I think it's a cruciferious growth, and have been leaning toward a cress type, but can't get it confidently identified. Don't see any seeds yet, that may help but none of it is in that stage yet.

I've been identifying wild edibles for five years and am pretty adept at the major families around me. I'm in N.C. Piedmont, and had lived in the WNC mountains for five years.

Thank you for any help possible!


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Mar 31, 2018 1:53 PM CST
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Mar 31, 2018 2:05 PM CST
Winston-Salem NC
Yeah, it's definitely not bitter cress, there's plenty of that in the yard also and I'm very familiar with how that looks and tastes. (Thank you though!)
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Mar 31, 2018 4:24 PM CST
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Welcome to the forums Wildforage.
Your 3rd pic does show seed pods bottom center.
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Mar 31, 2018 8:02 PM CST
Winston-Salem NC
Yeah, I didn't notice that, though there are a lot of other medicinal plants growing alongside these. Those pods, yes are bittercress though not of the same plant. I did look extensively for any recognizable features on the plants with no success, including seed pods...

You can see in the top picture, bottom right corner that the seed pods are from a bittercress plant growing beside the unidentified plant. (Good eye!)

Thank you for the welcome, glad to be here and have a chance to contribute as well!!
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Mar 31, 2018 8:27 PM CST
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Thlaspi of some kind maybe?
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Apr 2, 2018 7:38 AM CST
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Lepidium sp like L. virginicum or maybe another genus in brassicaceae, wait till the seed pod appear as ID might be a little beat clearer
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Apr 4, 2018 6:38 AM CST
Winston-Salem NC
Hey everyone, thank you for the kind suggestions! I apologize, I' been on the road the last few days.

Looked at the Valerianella extensively, a few characteristics of the genus aren't consistent with mine: smooth, hairless stems, not square and hairy; alternate leaves, not opposite. Just to name a few. Great suggestion though, I wouldn't have ever thought to look at that genus.

I'm still leaning towards a cress-type plant since they're so diverse. Yes, I have resolved myself to wait for the seeds and hopefully more will be made clear at that point. Unfortunately I don't live at that location full time yet and won't be back for another two weeks, though I think I'll still catch the seeding. I will keep looking on my end and post updated pictures when seeds appear. Thank you again for the effort until now, I'll keep the question open for any other suggestions!
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