20110910

Mystery Plant. . Do You Recognize It



One of the best things about having a blog is asking blog readers what the mysterious life forms that are growing in my garden are called. Here's the latest. . .  this plant grows in bunches of tall sticks (3' at the tallest) and seem to be without roots. When I pull a stalk up and look at the base the cylinder is filled with a spongelike substance. Anyone?

5 comments:

Killbox said...

Looks like a green onion or a leek.

JB SMITH said...

I know this can't be correct..but the root looks a lot like that of a cat tail.

Wendy Jehanara Tremayne said...

not a leek or onion. no bulb. when plucked the bottom of the stalk is flat like it was cut with a knife. the interior is spongy. there's no root! does cat tail have a root?

Patricio said...

It sounds like you may be pulling a "stalk" off a "corm" (or equivalent). Thus no apparent root.

Have you dug the plant up or dug around its base to discover what's there? A corm could be rather deep.

The white portion of the stalk indicates either that the corm is at least that deep or that the stem was pulled from within a "sheath". (Sorry I don't know the precise terminology.)

My best guess would be something in the rush, sedge or reed families. In my native plant garden I have a similar looking plant called a Tule (sometimes called Hardstem Bulrush);
it grows from a corm. Tules are found in suitable habitat in NM.

Wendy Jehanara Tremayne said...

I've been reading and reading and I think I'm voting for corm. It sure does fit the description. I will dig up more root and see if I can find the tuber like root corm's have. I also looked up edible corms but did not find any that look as this one does. One feature it has that makes me question the corm decision is that there's no leaf or flower, just tall pointy tipped cylindrical growths.