Apr. 27, 2018

round-lobe hepatica, Hepatica americana

Why do we name things? For wildflower people, it's so all of us will immediately know which flower were talking about. These have been hepaticas for many centuries, since someone decided the three-lobed leaf looked like our liver. But do we really know what we're talking about? Say hepatica in Asia, and people may think of a five-lobed leaf. Or here the leaf may be pointed instead of rounded. Can't science sort this out? Not so much. Some think these are anemonies. Some combine everything into one species, others break them into ten. If one, then they are Hepatica nobile. Maybe another instance where we just look and enjoy, and remember if our livers are sick, go to the doctor. Hepaticas as a group grow in temperate Eurasia and eastern North America. This iteration grows in AL, AR, CT, DE, FL(E), GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI(S), SC, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV, MB, NB, NS, ON, and QC. Lenawee Co MI, 4/26/11.