What is this bush/tree/plant?

Discussion in 'suburban75' started by mrs quoad, Apr 14, 2011.

  1. Leafster

    Leafster From the FRow

    Isn't that an elderberry? Sambucus nigra ?
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  2. lizzieloo

    lizzieloo Numpty extraordinaire

    It's that ^^ GG :cool:
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  3. campanula

    campanula plant a seed

    Yep - hydrangea quercifolia, aka oak leaf hydrangea. This is the only one I grow although I am thinking they may sit well in the wood.
  4. gentlegreen

    gentlegreen sproutarian

    I saw that in a garden last year without flowers and couldn't pin it down - the leaves are so different from the other species ...
  5. Artaxerxes

    Artaxerxes Well-Known Member


    Picked this on a ride, think it's wild thyme? Smelled amazing when I plucked it.
  6. mojo pixy

    mojo pixy unquantifiable hazards

    I think that's oregano, in fact I'm sure it is. Lovely flowers.
  7. Artaxerxes

    Artaxerxes Well-Known Member

    A google tells me your right, I want more now :D

    I might plant some wild garlic and oregano around the wasteground at the back of my flats, see what happens.
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  8. gentlegreen

    gentlegreen sproutarian

    I found a big patch growing on the local cycle path - unfortunately it's in prim dog walking territory :(
  9. gentlegreen

    gentlegreen sproutarian

    I mis-remembered the leafshape, so thought I'd found an outcrop of the swine cress - until I saw the flowers - so I'm assuming it might be in the geraniaceae or Lamiaceae.
    I have sinusitis, but no noticeable minty or herb robert stink ...

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  10. gentlegreen

    gentlegreen sproutarian

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  11. gentlegreen

    gentlegreen sproutarian

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  12. gentlegreen

    gentlegreen sproutarian

  13. gentlegreen

    gentlegreen sproutarian


    I've found a reference to the seedpods being used in hygrometers and weather indicators. I may have to try this - and perhaps a pinecone - I'm not sure the seaweed thing is more than a myth ...

    Apparently, black forest weather houses use catgut.

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  14. gentlegreen

    gentlegreen sproutarian

    This appeared in one of the beds at work - thinking about it, perhaps it came with the bark mulch - it doesn't appear to have a noticeable perfume ... being autumn flowering, I imagine it would have to be woodland edge or otherwise very oopportunistic ...


    identify wildflowers online suggested scilla - but Googling suggested the flowers are on a spray rather than hyacinth-like ...
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  15. chainsawjob

    chainsawjob Kipping in the dunes

    IMG_20170514_083435.jpg IMG_20170820_085203.jpg

    A bush about 8ft tall, white flowers in spring, I took this photo (of the berries) in mid August. I'm pretty sure it's inedible, although the leaves are currant-like, but the berries are not translucent enough to be redcurrants.

    Eta: Pic of flowers, taken mid May.
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  16. gentlegreen

    gentlegreen sproutarian

    They look edible to me :)
    Do the leaves have a curranty smell ?
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  17. Brainaddict

    Brainaddict chief propagandist (provisional)

    guelder rose - viburnum opulus
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  18. chainsawjob

    chainsawjob Kipping in the dunes

    That's the one! I had a vague idea it was this, but forgot what it was called. Not related to the redcurrant family then. Wiki says you can eat the berries (made into jelly), but they're mildly toxic so don't eat too much or you'll get V & D. And that the bark is used for reducing smooth muscle tightness (it's also known as Cramp Bark).
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  19. gentlegreen

    gentlegreen sproutarian

  20. Ponyutd

    Ponyutd Greebo likes this....r.i.p.

    No idea what this beautiful flower is, anyone? IMG_20170907_170312.jpg
  21. mojo pixy

    mojo pixy unquantifiable hazards

    I think that's a Toad Lily, in English anyway. They come in different shapes but that definitely looks like one.
  22. mojo pixy

    mojo pixy unquantifiable hazards

    I could even check with a google image search, but I like living on the edge :D
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  23. Ponyutd

    Ponyutd Greebo likes this....r.i.p.

    We have a winner!
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  24. gentlegreen

    gentlegreen sproutarian

    I've also posted this on a mushroom site ... sadly I very much doubt it's "chicken of the woods" - though I'm almost certain I saw a prime example of that on a nearby fallen oak log several years ago - albeit didn't stop to take a photo until it was past its best :-


    This is also on oak - a healthy one this time.

    It's thick, evenly orange and rubbery.

  25. Callie

    Callie Pivoting

    Hmm the first one looks like a sad old chicken off the woods to me. Why do you doubt it?
  26. gentlegreen

    gentlegreen sproutarian

    I don't doubt it - not after seeing a lot of videos recently.
    What is this bush/tree/plant?

    It's the second, tangerine, rubbery one I saw today :)
  27. Calamity1971

    Calamity1971 If Mr Peanut says It's okay, then it is.

    You should be okay then gentlegreen, I'm sure a prim dog would never do their business in public :p
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  28. Artaxerxes

    Artaxerxes Well-Known Member

    I think that bottom one is a beefsteak fungus.

    That chicken of the woods is rather... drippy and both look a bit blergh :p
  29. gentlegreen

    gentlegreen sproutarian

    For some reason "beefsteak" fungus appeals even less than "chicken" - it really has the consistency of a rubber chew toy :D
  30. ringo

    ringo Macaroni cheese controller

    What is the massive tree by the Streatham War memorial. Cypress? On the left in this image:
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