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December 26, 2009

Name That Plant: Nondescript Root Edition

Filed under: Photo Posts,Plants — Tags: — James @ 4:31 am

Do you have any idea how long it’s been since we’ve had a name that plant post? The last one was almost a year ago on January 11th. So rather than let the tradition go a year untouched, this is an special edition of Name… that… Plant!

Can you name this root vegetable?

If you guess it correctly (and I’ve no idea if this one will be hard or easy but prior experience suggests someone will know within the first couple of comments, though on this other hand this isn’t a great picture) I’ll let you know as soon as I see the comment. If no one gets it by new year’s eve I’ll update again with the answer (and a better picture that gives it away).

This is what my part of California looked like on the Monday before Christmas! Glad I'm celebrating the holidays somewhere with snow.


  1. Looks like a celery root. Or Apium graveolens if you prefer 🙂

    Comment by Noah Fahlgren — December 26, 2009 @ 12:04 pm

  2. Got it in one! This was the first one I’d ever seen in person, but that may say more about my interested in vegetables before I got into plant biology than the obscurity of celery root.

    Comment by James — December 26, 2009 @ 12:57 pm

  3. I was just about to guess that.

    Comment by Liza Wheeler — December 26, 2009 @ 2:35 pm

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