Jun. 26, 2019
quaking aspen, Populus tremuloides
Wildflower? Hardly. But kind of a cool image? Those little dried bits you can see hanging from cups were the stamens. The fuzz is attached to what were pistils, and are becoming seeds. The fuzz gets longer, and will carry those seeds long distances. Of course, aspens hardly need those seeds to spread. By now most of us have heard the big story of aspens. Really big! They spread by roots. If you see an aspen grove, you're seeing only one or a few trees. By the time they're done spreading, they produce what is arguably the largest single organisms on Earth. And it works well enough that you could see quaking all around the northern hemisphere. Here they are in every province of Canada, on SPM, and south to every state except AL, FL, GA, HI, KS, KY, LA, MS, OK, SC, and TN. Lenawee Co MI, 3/16/12.