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Does anyone know what this weed is?

As I was walking to the carpool from work (San Francisco), I saw this weed growing through the grill underneath a street tree. I thought is was cool, so I took a few cutting of it to try to root.

Unknown Weed

The stems are reddish brown and slightly hairy. The main stem seems semi-woody, since I could not pinch it off. Anyone know what this is?

Here is a close up of the leaves.

Unknown Weed (Close up)

Added May 16: I went back to check to see if this "weed" was really a sucker from the tree it was under. After seeing it, I don't think it is, since I also another of this "weed" at another location that was not under a tree.

Here are more photo's that may help:

Underside of the Unknown Weed
Underside of the Unknown Weed

The unknown weed next to the tree it is under
Street Tree Truck

The unknown weed next to the tree it is under
Street Trees

Leaves of the tree that the unknown weed was under
Street Trees Leaves

SOLVED: This is White Snakeroot 'Chocolate' (Eupatorium rugosum) ( DG PlantFile )


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May. 12th, 2006 12:46 pm (UTC)
Is it an Elm tree?
May. 12th, 2006 06:13 pm (UTC)
May. 12th, 2006 10:38 pm (UTC)
Oh MY! They really look identical! Even the kind of lines on his feet and the silver tips.

What's your cat's name? Ours is Ma'ti, which means "eye" in Greek, because she's crosseyed. :)
May. 12th, 2006 11:33 pm (UTC)
Mine's name is Jack, because, well, that was his name when I adopted him. :)

But he's got some kind of weird eye thing, too, and can look crosseyed at times. His eye problem was being born without that second eyelid, and he had surgery when he was rescued.

It's amazing how much they look alike! Are you in Seattle by chance?

Jack's story was a tragic one, but with a happy ending. He started out in a feral community, was rescued and then adopted in Seattle. His original owner had him about a year, and then got breast cancer. She was dying, and wanted Jack to have a home and posted in one of the cat groups, and I offered to adopt him. People from all over the world donated to get Jack transported to me, in St. Louis, and that's how I got him. (His original owner, Catharine, died two years ago)

He's just the best cat, so sweet, so happy. I call him my velvet teddy bear.

That picture above could BE Jack, down to the winky eye...it's just amazing.

She's purty!!! ***kisses to Ma'ti from Jack***
May. 13th, 2006 02:13 pm (UTC)
Awww, wow, Jack has quite the story!

I'm not from Seattle - Alberta, Canada, actually. Here's Ma'ti's story: when I was about 15 (I'm 24 now) my sister and I found a litter of abandonned kittens under a porch in our neighbourhood. We took them home and bottle fed them until they were old enough to eat hard food. Our mom said we could choose one cat to keep (we already had one cat), and we chose Ma'ti. We had to give the other four kittens away. But we're glad we kept Ma'ti. :) She was the cutest and her wonky eyes were so adorable. It was a bit strange because she was the only one of her brothers and sisters with her colouring. The others were black and black and white.
May. 17th, 2006 06:37 am (UTC)
Thanks for the suggestion icyblue... I did a Google search for Elm tree leaves, and I don't think that is it... I'll post a photo of the tree it was under and see if anyone recognizes it...
May. 12th, 2006 07:04 pm (UTC)
It looks like a tree shoot (a sucker), do the leaves look similar to the tree it was under? I get suckers sprouting up all over my yard from my cherry tree including up through the slats in the deck.
May. 17th, 2006 06:43 am (UTC)
I went back and took more photos which I'll add to this entry... I also saw the same plant that was not under a tree but growing at a sidewalk at a different location... so I'm not too sure that it is a sucker...
May. 13th, 2006 03:56 am (UTC)
its not a hibiscus is it?
May. 17th, 2006 06:39 am (UTC)
Thanks tobiano_baby1 for the guess, but I compared the leaves with a Hibiscus, and I don't think that's it...
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