Hi! This was found on the edge of a forested area in Shelby, North Carolina. There's this shorter plant/part of the plant with alternate, lanceolate leaves and then the taller (almost 3ft maybe?) plant/plant part that I've been told flowers yellow. Any idea what this could be?
The professor who pointed it out to me is not a botanist by any means and needs it identified for research purposes. He also didn't give me the chance to really look at the whole plant up close. D: Sorry for the lack of information!