Look Alikes

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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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  • Pat Taaffe September 3, 2012, 1:05 pm

    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

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    • Green Deane September 6, 2012, 9:46 am

      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.

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    • T. Rambo October 10, 2012, 10:18 am

      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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    • Anthony E Maulden October 30, 2017, 4:59 pm

      Is there one for Alabama?

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  • Lyn February 1, 2016, 10:56 pm

    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?
    http://weeds.brisbane.qld.gov.au/weeds/red-caustic-weed

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