Stems are round. Yes, like Cathy said, these little guys have a watery stem.
I was thinking maybe they are stinging nettle seedlings, but I can't find any pictures of stinging nettle seedlings to compare them to. Now I'm thinking maybe they are Clearweed seedling (Pilea pumila). Here's what makes me think maybe they are Clearweed: http://www.wildmanstevebrill.com/Plants.Folder/Nettle.html
I've read that Clearweed is one of the few native plants that's developed resistance to garlic mustard. I have a bumper crop of garlic mustard! So if it turns out to be Clearweed, I'll actually be quite happy. : )
plant_it wrote:These plants are growing in small patches throughout the woods. They're also lining the paths in moist areas at woods' edge. Some are an inch high, some are up to 6 inches. Any idea what they are?
This is a very invasive weed in my garden
Pilea pumila (L.) GrayUrticaceae
Urticaceae - Nettle Family
my advice: stay far away from it. once it takes hold in a sunny spot it will spread its seed so thickly that it will overpower everything around it!
Your photo is definitely Jewel weed. I have them in my woods too. Mine get a beautiful yellow flower. I've heard some get an orange flower. The deer love them. They have a juicy, liquidy stem which makes me wonder if the deer eat them to get a little water. If you have quail in your area, they like the seeds. Also, if you have a Poison Ivy or Stinging Nettle rash, break a jewel weed plant in half and rub the sap on the irritated skin to soothe it. I tried it on my last case of poison ivy & it really does work! As you can see, I've really come to like my jewel weeds. : )
Well, I don't know what Richweed is and haven't noticed it around here. But then I'm not an expert at identifying things from photos. So now I may be able to spot it up close if it's out there. I know my Jewelweed is Impatiens capensis with a lovely orange flower. I treasure it for it's anti-poison ivy properties. And one thing it does very well is shade out poison ivy which prefers sunlight. I'm very allergic to p.i. and have used the macerated jewelweed and it's "juice" for that purpose among other things. Looks like you can mark this one closed. :)