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At Long Pine Camp, ENP, a "stick" growing about 5 feet high beside a pine tree trunk branching outward near the top. The flower is small, perhaps 3/8" long. I don't recall seeing it before or know whether it is exotic or native there. Can anyone identify it or a likely family or genus?

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Comment by Richard Brownscombe on February 18, 2020 at 11:46am

Thank you for the ID! Here is a photo of the fruit that you describe from the same plant. All very interesting.

Comment by Steve Woodmansee on December 27, 2019 at 9:26am

The native Slippery Burr (Corchorus siliquosus) in the Malvaceae.  Check out the Fruit above and to the right of the flower, it is long and thin.  I believe it does have true siliques (hence the species epithet).  A silique is a fruit which dehisces (opens up) on two seams and possesses a membrane between the two halves (two celled).  Mustards and I think Tabebuias have siliques also.

Richard, your photo is beautiful!

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