05-22-13 Phenology Field Note

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05-22-13 Phenology Field Note

May 22, 2013

Rebecca Durham's Field Note details fascinating plant facts.

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Plant Field Note 05-18-13

Western virgin bower’s woody vines thread through larch branches (Clematis occidentalis, Boondocks). Cutleaf daisy displays its glandular hairy involucre. Involucral bracts in one series distinguish fleabane from aster species (Erigeron compositus, Whaley).

Chokecherry blooms with a terminal raceme. In a raceme, stalked flowers arise along a central unbranched axis from the bottom upward (Prunus virginiana, Whaley). Softball size puffball mushrooms speckle the field and burst to expose millions of fungal spores (Calvatia sp., North Center Pivot).

Common names for largeflower triteleia include blue umber-lily, blue-lily, wild hyacinth, white hyacinth, fools onion, cluster lily, Douglas’s brodiaea, triplet lily, and gophernuts. (Triteleia grandiflora, Whaley).

Balsamroot contains antimicrobial and antifungal compounds (Balsamorhiza sagittata, North Ridge). The flowers of northern miner’s candle resemble western stoneseed. Both species belong to the plant family Boraginaceae (Cryptantha celosioides, Whaley).

Wyeth’s biscuitroot pairs with larkspur for a palette of splendor. Wyeth’s biscuitroot mirrors nine-leaf biscuitroot except it lacks involucels and has squatter leaf segments (Lomatium ambiguum and Delphinium bicolor, Baldy).A splash of crimson pollen adorns the periwinkle petals of Lewis flax (Linum lewisii, North Center Pivot).

Fairy slipper’s genus shares a name with mythological Greek goddess Calypso, who enchanted Odysseus to the luxuriant island Ogygia. Of Greek origin, the word calypso means “to cover, hide, deceive, or conceal” (Calypso bulbosa, Boondocks).

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