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Kodiak, Alaska • Cape Elizabeth, Maine • Crystal River, FloridaSign In to follow
Mauna, after further searching I think Primula is definitely your best bet. I think maybe the colors at the center are a bit darker and/or not visible at these angles. I think possibly Tundra (Primula austrofrigida) or Sierra (Primula jeffreyi) shooting stars. It seems like the Dodecatheon species are all now Primula.
Gaia80, many plants do start with two twin leaves, but not that many in the Northeast start with them this shape. The notch at the edge of each leaf is somewhat distinctive from my own experience. And mauna, that sounds like a good idea. I didn't really look into additional Impatiens for New York, but I have become accustomed to watching these pop up in the spring in Maine.
I am leaning towards gall, albeit a very strange one. You can see that the structure is all one piece, not eggs laid individually inside a structure. Also the little "stem" on the structure doesn't seem like something an insect would intentionally build. I hope you collected it! It seems like a very unusual specimen.