Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Wildflower Wednesday - More Mysteries of the Wildflower World

This will be a "short" Wildflower Wednesday as tonight is going to be very busy for me.

I did not take pictures on Sunday-it was already hot when I got out on the Vestal Rail Trail around 10am and I wanted to beat the heat. So I have some photos that were taken earlier.

This first photo, is not a picture of a wildflower.  It is a picture of a plant that has set up residence in the shady part of my backyard.  The leaves resemble grapes but I know wild grapes don't grow in the shade.  The whitish thing in the middle is some kind of cluster starting to ripen.  It isn't a cluster like grapes but is tightly packed. Call this a mystery photo. Does anyone know what this is?

It doesn't seem to have changed much in the past couple of weeks.  I will continue to keep an eye on it.
In Arkansas we had a plant we ended up taking to the University of Arkansas, and they identified it as something called Canada Moonseed.  It grew at the edge of our field.  It's a good thing we didn't sample it because it was poisonous.  What gave it away was the single, large seed in the "grape".

The goldenrod are starting to bloom.  These yellow flowered plants, to me, are the start of fall.  Many people think it is goldenrod pollen aggrevating their allergies when it is really ragweed.  There are some beautiful fields of goldenrod here in the northeast United States.  They should bloom into early September so I'll have plenty of time to take a photo.

Last, but not least, is another mystery flower.  White, to me it resembles phlox but everything I read about fall phlox seems to indicate it is usually purple.  This picture was taken on the Vestal Rail Trail.

Next Wednesday I hope to have something "a little different" for you.

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful. You inspire me to learn more about flowers and appreciate the nature all around me. Thanks! Always love stopping by to check in on your pictures and thoughts.


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