Sunday, July 21, 2019

Lots of Blooms - So Little Blogging



            As usual, I think of blogging everyday and don't take the time to actually do any. Following are some of the flowers, and other things, that I have put up on other platforms in the last week or two.



Canada Sanicle
aka Canada Black-snakeroot
aka Short-styled Snakeroot (Newcomb's WF Guide)
Sanicle du Canada
(Sanicula canadensis)
Found on the Grand Valley Trail near Hardy Road
in Brantford, Ontario
July 8, 2019.






Wolf Milk Slime Mold
Lait de Loup
(Lycogala epidendrum)
Found on an old log
in the RBG's Hendrie Valley, Hamilton, Ontario
July 12, 2019.





Wild Yam
Igname Velue
(Dioscorea villosa)

Female flowers on a female vine
found in RBG's Hendrie Valley
on the left.

Male flowers on a male vine
found in RBG's Capt. Cootes' Trail
in the wilderness section of the Arboretum
Hamilton, Ontario
on the right side of the photo;
July 12, 2019.




Pale Jewelweed
aka Pale Touch-me-not
Impatiente Pâle
(Impatiens pallida)
found in the RBG's Hendrie Valley Trails
Hamilton, Ontario
July 19, 2019.



Hoary Alyssum
Berteroa Blanc
(Berteroa incana)
found on the outer "wild" edge
of the RBG's Rose Garden 
on July 19, 2019.



Saturday, July 06, 2019

Three Flowers Not Often Seen



            We have found a few more new flowers or flowers that we do not see too often in the last week or so. On of the highlights was American Columbo / Frasère de Caroline / (Frasera caroliniensis). It starts life as a small rosette of leaves and comes back that way for several years, 5 to 30 years according to some sources. Then it blooms and dies. I have seen blooms a few times and this year was one of those times. There were 2 out of over 70 plants that were blooming.


            You can see a few plants under the blooming plant so there will be some blooms again, some year.

            On the way to look for the Columbo, one of the wild flower walker  spotted a very small green flower on the edge of the trail.


            I think I have only seen this plant one other time in bloom. In my wild flower guide it is called Wild Licorice. The accepted name is now "Licorice Bedstraw" / Gaillet Fausse-circée / (Galium circaezans). It was the rather different leaf pattern that alerted the person that found it for us. The flower was visible only on close inspection.


            Here is another plant that I have only seen in bloom on one other occasion. This one is Broadleaf Waterleaf in my guide book now called "Bluntleaf Waterleaf" / Hydrophylle du Canada / (Hydrophyllum Canadense).




Sunday, June 16, 2019

New Flower for Fleur-Ange and I . . .



            Last Thursday, on the Beckett Walkers walk, Fleur-Ange and I found a different flower. We thought it looked a bit like Wormseed Mustard but it was way too tall and the leaves looked different too. I spent an hour or so on the computer looking at various sites and came up with a name. I had collected a plant and kept it in a sealed plastic bag in the refrigerator until I could take it into the RBG Herbarium. There one of the summer staff took on the identification challenge and came up with a name. I was happy to find that his identification, via various web sites and use of the microscope, was the same as mine.

            Some Ontario sites do not list the flower and we only have one specimen in the RBG herbarium collected in 1980 from Thunder Bay. On the other hand, other Ontario sites say it is a common introduced plant found in various places around the province since 1941.

            Below are photos that I took of the Erysimum hieraciifolium or European Wallflower.
            
            Vélar à Feuilles d'épervière is the French name.

            I was pleased to see that a synonym was Tall Wormseed Mustard so our original thoughts were not that far off the mark.









































Saturday, May 18, 2019

False Mermaid




            One flower that I look for every spring is called "False Mermaid". I found the plant in flower last Friday but did not get a wonderful photo. Nevertheless, here is the photo:


            OK, it is two photos. I did a close up of the flower as it is so small and then added it to the photo of the plant. Because of the lighting, I did not get good colours of the tiny white petals. In the close up the yellowish petal pointing down and left is one of the "white" petals and the others just look green like the sepals. Walter Muma has some better photos on his wild flower site:

http://ontariowildflowers.com/main/species.php?id=44

            While looking for more information on the plant I found an excellent drawing of it on the Flora of North America site:






            The one bit of information that I was really looking for, on the internet and in the books on my shelves, I never did find. 

            Why did the flower get this name? If anyone has any information on this, please pass it along.

            I found, in my searching for information on this plant, that I had written about it one time before on this blog. . . . back on December 16, 2006:

https://ontariowanderer.blogspot.com/2006_12_01_archive.html








Sunday, May 12, 2019

A New Flower or Two

            I have several new flowers to add to this blog. Here is the first one:



Found in the Dundas Valley
at this time of year.

Purple Cress - Newcomb Guide Name
Limestone Bittercress - Vascan name
Cardamine de Douglass - Vancan French
(Cardamine douglassii)




Close-up from different angle





Large-flowered Bellwort
Uvulaire à Grandes Fleurs
(Uvularia grandiflora)




Woodland Strawberry
Fraisier des Bois
(Fragaria versa)



Wild Strawberry
aka Common Strawberry
Frasier des Champs
(Fragaria virginiana)