Grass & Weed Photos

I'm just fumbling around here learning about grass and weeds. Can anyone tell what these are?
This one grows good in shade here (S Calif)
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This one grows good in both shade and sun
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Any idea what the name of this weed is? It shows up in the same spots every year, even after pulling it up by the roots
http://img59.imageshack.us/img59/4153/8wfu.jpg
Thanks, gang!
Bob
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Guv Bob said:

coming up in the same places, it's because there are thousands of seeds ready to sprout at any opportunity.
http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn7445.html
You can try starting here to ID your grass:
http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/WEEDS/grass_preview.html
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Pat, thanks for info about spurge! Glad also to learn that it is poisonous. Most plants with white sap seem to be poisonous to some degree. I once got white sap from a candelabra cactus in my eye and within a few minutes I started having trouble breathing. Ended up at the ER, but all they could do was keep flooding eyes with water. $500 later everything was back to normal.

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Bob F wrote:

While I doubt the generalisation that white sap equals poison is always true, like many domesticated plants the lettuce has been bred from an ancestor that was much less tasty than the modern version. The wild lettuce is quite bitter which you get with some modern cultivars under some conditions, such as when they get old and going to seed. There are reports that it is not entirely benign, see:
http://thetanglednest.com/2009/06/soporific-salads-and-lettuce-opium/
A great many plants evolved nasty tasting and irritating components to deter would-be feeders. Some we have bred to be less pungent in taste others we have allowed to keep their strong flavour and now call them herbs and spices.
David
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Duheeee...
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Guv Bob wrote:

Ooglawallup....
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Your "candelabra cactus" was undoubtedly a very large spurge (Euphorbia) or a very close relative. (Cacti do not have milky latex!).
While not all plants with latex are toxic to humans, enough are that it's always a good sign to be cautious.
Kay
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wrote:

Thanks a lot for the info Kay! That's exactly what it is! Neighbors have all said it was candelabra that I never checked. It was about 10-ft in height 20 years ago and is still growing. Now 17 to 18 ft. Trunk is 15-in diameter near the base.
Simliar to this one...
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8168/7320995094_81983c6d8e_z.jpg
From wikipedia...
Euphorbia canariensis, commonly known as the Canary Island spurge or the Hercules club,[5] is a succulent member of the family Euphorbiaceae and genus Euphorbia[1] endemic to the Canary Islands.[6]
The Canary Island spurge is a small tree, growing to between 3 and 4 metres (9.8 and 13 ft) high. It is made up of fleshy quadrangular or pentagonal trunks that look like cacti. The leaves grow in clusters of three or four and have inward-turning spines 5 to 14 millimetres (0.20 to 0.55 in) long. It produces reddish-green flowers.[6] It is hardy to -2 °C (28 °F).[7]
*** The latex, which contains diterpenes[8] is considered highly toxic.
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On 7/23/2013 6:17 AM, Pat Kiewicz wrote: Great web site and resource. Thanks JB

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On Tuesday, July 23, 2013 12:30:44 AM UTC-7, Guv Bob wrote:

Bob, I'm also in So. Calif. Wondering if there's a plant nursery near you, or a homeowners store that has a garden component. I take stuff in to be ID'd at Armstrong once in a while. Of course they're a real plant nursery s o would be more helpful than a Home Despot garden dept. where the salespeop le are not only invisible but don't know much.
HTH
HB
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On Tuesday, July 23, 2013 12:30:44 AM UTC-7, Guv Bob wrote:

Bob, I'm also in So. Calif. Wondering if there's a plant nursery near you, or a homeowners store that has a garden component. I take stuff in to be ID'd at Armstrong once in a while. Of course they're a real plant nursery so would be more helpful than a Home Despot garden dept. where the salespeople are not only invisible but don't know much.
HTH
HB
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Good idea, Bob. I'm not sold on Armstrongs though -- unless one of the long-time folks are working, I don't trust them. They have given me much advice that turned out bad. Also bought an "orange" tree from them that ended up after years of tending being an ornamental plant. All that work and time.
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Guv Bob wrote:

I was gonna make a smart-alec remark that the first 2 are grass and the last was a weed, and HTH. But they *might* be sedges instead of grass and then wouldn't I be embarrassed. (I'm pretty sure they are annual grasses)
The last one is prostrate spurge, Euphorbia supina or Euphorbia maculata.
Bob
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Any idea what the name of this weed is? It shows up in the same spots every year, even after pulling it up by the roots
http://img59.imageshack.us/img59/4153/8wfu.jpg *********************************************** This one looks to me like it could be wireweed: polygonum aviculare but I can't see from your pic, if it has any tiny flowers on not.
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