Images of the day

Oct. 21, 2019

Mt. Albert? I haven't found an explanation. The specific name 'simplex' is easier. These plants grow in clumps with unbranched shoots - a relatively simple form of goldenrod. And everything I've said until now is a cop out. This species is extremely variable, and has had many names and named subspecies and varieties. One author limits this species to a small area in Mexico. Trying to delineate the whole complex goes way beyond me. In any case it's one of our earliest blooming goldenrods, in AK, AZ, CA, CO, ID, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MT, NH, NM, NY, OR, PA, SD, TN TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY, AB, BC, MB, NB, NS, NT, ON, QC(L), SK, and YT. Sawyer Co WI, 7/11/11.

Oct. 20, 2019

Bulblet fern doubles down on reproductive strategy. It produces spores like other ferns. It also produces these small bulblets, about a quarter inch across, that fall and become separate plants. I guess this makes good sense for a plant that frequents rocks and cliff, an effective way to spread downward. Bulblet fern grows in woods, in mostly calcareous areas, in AL, AR, AZ, CT, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NY(V), OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WI, WV, NB, NF, NS, ON, and QC. Cheboygan Co MI, 7/11/14.

Oct. 19, 2019

Some of us like mushrooms, some of us don't. Same with these currants, apparently. Sticky currants are very sticky and aromatic, except for the berries. Those have a waxy coat and many sources describe them as unpalatable. Others disagree. So I guess you try them for yourself! This shrub is available for gardens, planted in borders and where the birds it attracts can be observed. Sticky currants grow in mountain thickets in AZ, CA, CO, ID, MT, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY, AB, and BC. Summit Co CO, 6/19/13.

Oct. 18, 2019

New Mexico groundsel, one of the many Packera that were formerly among the even greater numbers of Senecio. This one grows in AZ, CO, NM, TX, UT, and south into Mexico. Great Sand Dunes National Park, Sagauche Co CO, 6/24/13.

Oct. 17, 2019

The newly politically correct cancer-root used to be squawroot. Good change! I almost didn't post this because of the name, and because it just doesn't appeal to me. But differences in perception and associations are interesting. The NCState Extension web site says, "This plant with its rich color and autumn touches . . . has an almost tropical look. Its autumn colors draw us into thinking of fireplaces and toasting marshmallows. This plant can allow us to think of making such delicious treats, soups and cookies just by looking at its rich autumn colors and allow us to think of jumping into raked up piles of leaves." Differences in perception indeed! American cancer-root grows on oak roots in AL, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MS, NC, NH(T), NJ, NY(V), OH, PA, RI(S), SC, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV, MB, NS, ON, and QC(L). Washtenaw Co MI, 6/3/11.