Jul. 17, 2017

American burnet, Sanguisorba canadensis

Burnet makes me think of the platypus. Beak of a duck, tail of a beaver, furry but it lays eggs! This can't be real. American burnet is a rose? That shouldn't be right! But of course it is. in the rose family. The variety of life seems endless, and one of the most easily variable features seems to be flower petals. In this case, they've disappeared, with their attractive function replaced by stamens and pistils. American burnet grows in fens and bogs in AK, CT, DE, GA(T), ID, IL(E), IN(E), KY(E), MA(T), MD(T), ME, MI(T), NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI(E), SC, TN(E), VA, VT, WA, WV, BC, LB, MB, NB, NF, NS, QC, YT, and on SPM. Champaign Co OH, 8/19/11.