Mar. 20, 2017

bluestem goldenrod, Solidago caesia

Imperfect! A botanical name for flowers with both male and female parts is perfect. If you look closely at the ray flowers here, you can see the two pronged female pistils sticking out. But there are no stamens. The center, or disk flowers are analogous to the center of a daisy. When they open they will reveal that they are perfect. It is not unusual for different species in the aster family to have different roles among the flowers in a head. Sometimes they're all perfect, sometimes all one sex or the other, and sometimes, as here, a combination. Bluestem grows in woods in AL, AR, CT, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI(E), WV, NB, ON, and QC. Steuben Co IN, 9/17/16