06-15-13 Field Note

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06-15-13 Field Note

June 15, 2013

Rebecca Durham's Field Note detailed sulfur cinquefoil blosoms, anemone fruit, and bright pink fairies.

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Cutleaf daisy (Erigeron compositus) and some pussytoes (Antennaria sp.) possess collectable seed. Small native annuals such as blue-eyed Mary (Collinsia parviflora), pink twink (Microsteris gracilis), and narrowleaved montia (Montia linearis) develop mature fruit.

Scarlet paintbrush grows in the upland forest. It replaces harsh Indian paintbrush in higher elevations as the most common red paintbrush: the linear lower stem leaves of scarlet paintbrush distinguish the two (Castilleja miniata, Boondocks).

Smallflower miterwort flowers align along one side of the stalk, a floral arrangement termed secund (Mitella stauropetala, Boondocks).

Considered the most valuable planted forage in the U.S, alfalfa contains more protein content than any other fodder (Medicago sativa, North Center Pivot).

Sanfoin’s candy-striped flowers speckle the fields: this legume boosts nitrogenous yields (Onobrychis viciaefolia, North Center Pivot).

Narrowleaved montia displays two sepals, a common feature of plants in the Portulacaceae family. Montia, spring beauty, miner’s lettuce, and bitterroot belong in the Portulacaceae. Some debate exists whether the sepals exist as bracts and true sepals present as petals, although adherence to traditional morphology prevails (Montia linearis, Boondocks).

Lewis and Clark first described pink fairies in 1806 near Kamiah, Idaho (Clarkia pulchella, Boondocks). What feathery plumes do we see? Ah, the tangled fruit of the anemone! (Anemone patens, Native)

Before bristly currant develops inky black berries, surreptitious flowers hang pendulous below the foliage. This currant resides along streams, seeps, and in swampy forests (Ribes lacustre, Boondocks).

Pollen collects upon the glands of sticky cinquefoil. This native shares a genus with invasive sulfur cinquefoil and grows in identical habitats (Potentilla glandulosa, Whaley).

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