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Help identify vine in backyard

Post by new2bogle » Sat Oct 06, 2018 10:08 am

I have the below vine growing in my backyard. Is this poison ivy? I tried comparing to some googled images but was unconvinced one way or the other.

I could not directly put the image in the post, so here is a link:

http://i65.tinypic.com/axlkww.jpg

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Re: Help identify vine in backyard

Post by cheese_breath » Sat Oct 06, 2018 10:11 am

It doesn't look like poison sumac; just looks like a plain old weed to me. I pull them out all the time.
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Post by ResearchMed » Sat Oct 06, 2018 10:23 am

It certainly doesn't resemble any poison ivy/oak I've ever encountered in real life or photos.
But I don't know what poison sumac looks like.

What happens if you try Googling the image? Does anything similar pop up?

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Re: Help identify vine in backyard

Post by vested1 » Sat Oct 06, 2018 10:30 am

It looks like a variety of mint to me. Put on some gloves, snip a leaf, and smell it.

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Re: Help identify vine in backyard

Post by new2bogle » Sat Oct 06, 2018 10:30 am

While googling, it did not look like poison sumac.

Most poision ivy pics dis not match either. But a few had the same ridges along the sides which made me unsure.

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Post by mhalley » Sat Oct 06, 2018 10:33 am

A rhyme to help identify poison ivy goes
“Leaves of three, let it be”.

https://www.poison-ivy.org/poison-ivy-poster-english

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Re: Help identify vine in backyard

Post by Kenkat » Sat Oct 06, 2018 11:10 am

Definitely not poison ivy - three leaves and red stems are the main markers. It might be nettle.

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Re: Help identify vine in backyard

Post by David Jay » Sat Oct 06, 2018 11:26 am

Kenkat wrote:
Sat Oct 06, 2018 11:10 am
Definitely not poison ivy - three leaves and red stems are the main markers. It might be nettle.
Agree, NOT poison ivy (which I battle due to lots of shade and undeveloped neighboring lots)
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Re: Help identify vine in backyard

Post by Pigeon » Sat Oct 06, 2018 11:32 am

It looks to me like it might be stinging nettle? Does it have very fine hair like projections on the stems? Don't pull it up without gloves. If it is stinging nettle, it will inject an irritant intom your skin that is very unpleasant.

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Post by MNGopher » Sat Oct 06, 2018 11:52 am

It does look like stinging nettles or "itch weed". Intense itching for about 10 minutes, but goes away quickly if you don't scratch.

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Re: Help identify vine in backyard

Post by CJC000 » Sat Oct 06, 2018 12:16 pm

Looks like Virginia Creeper to me. Ours is a rapid growing vine, no thorns or poison gets a purple berry in the fall and the leaves turn a beautiful red. We love it as long as its not near the house

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Re: Help identify vine in backyard

Post by livesoft » Sat Oct 06, 2018 12:38 pm

Not poison ivy, nor poison oak, nor poison sumac, nor Virginia creeper.

The photo doesn't even look like a vine. If the stem is square with distinct 4 sides and not round, then it is some kind of mint. If the stem has little stiff glass-like micro-thorns, then it is a nettle like horse nettle or stinging nettle. The "irritant" is the stiff microneedles which is almost like rubbing glass wool or fiberglass on your skin which is not good.

Basically, it is just an ol' garden variety weed that I would pull up bare-handed.
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Re: Help identify vine in backyard

Post by new2bogle » Sat Oct 06, 2018 1:02 pm

After reading suggestions and looking again it does look like some kind of nettle.

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Re: Help identify vine in backyard

Post by retiredjg » Sat Oct 06, 2018 1:25 pm

It is not poison ivy. Or sumac. And does not look like virginia creeper to me either. However, since the photo does not even look like a vine at all, it is hard to say.

The leaves look like a mint. Is the stem square? Roll the stem in your fingers and feel for flat sides. If yes, it is a member of the mint family, but I don't know of any mints that look like a vine.

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Re: Help identify vine in backyard

Post by jerryk68 » Sat Oct 06, 2018 1:37 pm

I am no plant expert but I use an app on my iphone called picturethis to identify plants thru their leaves. It appears to be a Canada Clearweed latin name Pilea Pumila.

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Re: Help identify vine in backyard

Post by dm200 » Sat Oct 06, 2018 2:05 pm

I have seen this (I believe). Possibly a tree - grew from seeds in messy purple fruits the birds eat and spread.

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Post by Rich in Michigan » Sat Oct 06, 2018 2:13 pm

I'd bet a fair amount of money on it being a stinging nettle. It is most definitely NOT poison ivy.

You can pull it up but wear gloves. If you don't wear gloves, you will find out if it is indeed stinging nettle pretty quickly.

Or you can spray it with Roundup but be sure not to get any overspray on surrounding plants.

I have a fair amount of them in my yard and have to pull them up a few times a year

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Re: Help identify vine in backyard

Post by dm200 » Sat Oct 06, 2018 2:16 pm

Rich in Michigan wrote:
Sat Oct 06, 2018 2:13 pm
I'd bet a fair amount of money on it being a stinging nettle. It is most definitely NOT poison ivy.

You can pull it up but wear gloves. If you don't wear gloves, you will find out if it is indeed stinging nettle pretty quickly.

Or you can spray it with Roundup but be sure not to get any overspray on surrounding plants.

I have a fair amount of them in my yard and have to pull them up a few times a year
Definitely not poison ivy. Don't think it is stinging nettle either.

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Re: Help identify vine in backyard

Post by heartwood » Sat Oct 06, 2018 2:40 pm

I agree with others, not poison ivy.

Maybe try the Picture This app. Take a pix and it suggests possible plants. However my success rate, based upon what they show as a match, seems poor. It suggests you have Common Medicineplant. And others that look nothing like the pix.

I frequently use Google Lens on my pixel. Take a snap, look at it in the camera, click on the Google Lens icon. It works much better, and works for most images of buildings, plants, bar codes, phone numbers, and much more. I took a snap of your snap and it suggests a variety of nettle.

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Re: Help identify vine in backyard

Post by cheese_breath » Sat Oct 06, 2018 2:54 pm

dm200 wrote:
Sat Oct 06, 2018 2:16 pm
Rich in Michigan wrote:
Sat Oct 06, 2018 2:13 pm
I'd bet a fair amount of money on it being a stinging nettle. It is most definitely NOT poison ivy.

You can pull it up but wear gloves. If you don't wear gloves, you will find out if it is indeed stinging nettle pretty quickly.

Or you can spray it with Roundup but be sure not to get any overspray on surrounding plants.

I have a fair amount of them in my yard and have to pull them up a few times a year
Definitely not poison ivy. Don't think it is stinging nettle either.
It's not a stinging nettle. You can tell the difference visually. Stinging nettles have little points all over the leaves. That's the stinger. I have both stinging nettles and the weed in question in my yard and can tell which ones I can pull without gloves just by looking at them.
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Re: Help identify vine in backyard

Post by dm200 » Sat Oct 06, 2018 3:14 pm

Might it be a wild mulberry? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morus_(plant)

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Re: Help identify vine in backyard

Post by MJS » Sat Oct 06, 2018 6:44 pm

Where is this plant growing? In the southwest, I'd guess amaranth.

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Re: Help identify vine in backyard

Post by GuyInFL » Sat Oct 06, 2018 7:11 pm

Send a photo to your local county extension agent. They are familiar with plants in your area.

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Re: Help identify vine in backyard

Post by unclescrooge » Sat Oct 06, 2018 7:46 pm

I'm no expert, but it looks like mint.

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Post by NYCguy » Sat Oct 06, 2018 8:04 pm

Inaturualist is an amazing App. You can take a photo of anything in nature, a plant, scat, footprints, and upload it. Software can often identify the photo and it is supplemented by expert opinions. Truly amazing.
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Post by livesoft » Sat Oct 06, 2018 8:37 pm

NYCguy wrote:
Sat Oct 06, 2018 8:04 pm
Inaturualist is an amazing App. You can take a photo of anything in nature, a plant, scat, footprints, and upload it. Software can often identify the photo and it is supplemented by expert opinions. Truly amazing.
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Re: Help identify vine in backyard

Post by Beensabu » Sat Oct 06, 2018 9:29 pm

Could be stinging nettle (if hairs on stem).

http://identifythatplant.com/three-memb ... le-family/

Could be false nettle (compare flowers against pics).

http://identifythatplant.com/another-nettle/
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