Look Alikes

by Green Deane

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Welcome to the page where we do more indepth and educational identification of some plants, their relatives and what beginners call look alikes. If you look real close there are few true look alikes.

Elderberry/Water Hemlock

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Lyn February 1, 2016 at 22:56

Hi Dean. I’m in Australia and there was a discussion on an edible weeds list here about how caustic creeper can be mistaken for Purslane. They look quite similar. Not sure if you have it in the US and other than the milky sap whether there’s another other way to tell them apart in your experience?


Pat Taaffe September 3, 2012 at 13:05

Dean, I attended your class in Gainesville last month. I would like to get a book on plant identification for north/central Florida. Do you have any reccomendations? Thanks, Pat


Green Deane September 6, 2012 at 09:46

There really isn’t one for Florida. However, one reasonable book on weeds for a few dollars is Weeds of Southen Turfgrases. Type turfgrasses into the search window then scroll down and click on southern turfgrasses. You can also get it a local extension agents for about $8. As for an all around book, Edible Plants of North America by Elias and Dykeman 2008 edition or later.


T. Rambo October 10, 2012 at 10:18

peterson field guide: Edible Wild Plants
Eastern/central North America

This is a great book with illustrations and great descriptions. A lot of the plants you find from North to South on the Eastern side of the U.S. are in this book with great info on them. I live in South Florida and many of the plants here are in it. You should be really good for north/central florida. The Florida Audobon is another good guide for identification. It doesn’t explain edibles, however is great for all areas of the outdoors. It covers plants/trees/mammals/fish/shells/snakes/lizards etc…Hope this helps


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