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Offline NR5P

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What wild plant is this? green sacs of fluid?
« on: September 17, 2012, 08:25:40 PM »
I found this working on our new property.  At first I thought it was ground cherries but it's got different leaves and the green sacs appear to be full of fluid or air?  I didn't bust them open because I only saw a few of the plants and wanted to make sure it makes more if it's an edible of some kind.

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Re: What wild plant is this? green sacs of fluid?
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2012, 08:58:22 PM »
Durn, I've seen a plant like that but can't remember what it is.

I think those sacs are full of air (and unripe seeds).

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Re: What wild plant is this? green sacs of fluid?
« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2012, 10:19:49 PM »
Is there more than one plant there? The sac-things look like "Chinese Lanterns" plant, Physalis alkekengi    
a.k.a. Physalis franchetii, Winter Cherry, Bladder Cherry, Strawberry Cherry....

But the leaves look very wrong.

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Re: What wild plant is this? green sacs of fluid?
« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2012, 12:08:29 AM »
Looks like a balloon vine, AKA "Love In A Puff", because the puffy sacs contain three black seeds with heart-shaped markings on them.  I don't know if it has any worthwhile uses, but it can be pretty invasive.

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Re: What wild plant is this? green sacs of fluid?
« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2012, 07:21:29 PM »
That's what it is thanks!  I've been finding it in many places now.  It's not being real invasive fortunately but there is a good amount of it.  Looks like it has many medicinal properties.