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Stump the Chump: November-December 2016

by Ted Collins, AKA Doc Lilac


With legumes I’m likely to be compared
“Pinnate,” pods, and all that stuff,
My stems are a little tooth-brush like
But not quite as stiff or rough.

If bigger, like closer relatives,
I’d be good as firewood,
Plus as rot-resistant fence posts,
and I’d take over if I could.

I flower briefly, month of May,
Rose-colored showy, no scent.
The fact that you don’t know me better,
Is, of course, my chief lament.

I’m not sold at Northern Nurseries
or Oriental Garden Supply,
I could be invasive, so they are evasive,
Say John Prince and Al Pfieffer: “That’s why!”


The first person to answer correctly, genus and species please, will win a $50 gift certificate to Aladdin’s. Please call 585/301-7181 or email [email protected] to guess.

We will accept guesses starting November 14, 2016, in order to give everyone a fair chance. Good luck!



The answer to the September-October 2016 stumper: Vigna unguiculata subsp. sesquipedalis



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