Jan. 28, 2017

Parlin's pussytoes, Antennaria parlinii

A twofer today. This and the image below can't go it alone. The plant in this image deserves the name pussytoes. The one below looks more like someting from Coldstone Creamery. They are the exact same species. The one above is a female plant. The one below male. The differences particularly interest me in the case because of the pussytoe effect. The fuzz is filaments analogous to dandelion fuzz. It is attached to the ovaries and subsequent seeds to help with dispersal. With the male flower, there are no ovaries, hence no fuzz or need for dispersal. These grow in open or part shade areas in low nutrient soil in AL, AR, CT, DE, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV, MB, NB, NS, ON, and QC. Lenawee Co MI, 5/5/11