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)





Thursday, May 02, 2019

Yesterday's Flower - Today's Walk




We had rain, wind, and cool weather
yesterday but our Red Trillium
started blooming!



Red Trillium
Trille Rouge
(Trillium erectum)





Our walk with the Beckett Walkers today
was at the Sudden Tract.
Wet condition but not raining.
First Marsh Marigolds blooming.
Lots of Round-leaved Hepatica seen.
One Spicebush in bloom near the end of the walk.




We walked on the red trail, white trail
to the road, up the road to the intersection,
back to the yellow trail,
along the yellow trail to the blue,
and finished back on the white again.





Wednesday, May 01, 2019

More Leaves Showing




Rainy day today but some new leaves were showing.




Black Raspberry
Framboisier Noir
(Rubus occidetalis)





Sweet Viburnum
Viorne Flexible
(Viburnum lentago)






White Trillium
Trille Blanc
(Trillium grandiflorum)