Interesting Weeds

This spring it seemed every user of iNaturalist, had photos of Henbit Deadnettle except for me. I was beginning to feel a bit left out. That is until today. Walking across the practice field adjacent to the lower Cowling Arboretum I saw patches of what seemed tall, pinkish-looking Creeping Charlie. A closer look showed it to be Henbit Deadnettle. Perhaps the grass seed used on the field contained its seed? This plant is not widespread in Minnesota, with records from the metro counties around Minneapolis and Saint Paul.

Shepherd's Purse is another distinctive plant. And a global success, as it seems to have spread to every part of the earth. It's easily recognized by the cluster of small white flowers, the deeply toothed leaves of the basal rosette, and the purse-shaped seed pods from which the plant gets its common name. A member of the cress family (also known as the cabbage or mustard family), it is eaten in some parts of the world, used as an herbal, and used by science as a model organism.

One of the great things about plants? They stay put. They don't run off or fly away. If it can't be identified, it can be revisited at a later date. If it's a tree, it can be visited many years in a row. Early in April, I photographed an unusual bud on a small tree but couldn't figure out what kind of tree it was, until today. Walking near the tree today, I remembered to have a look the tree once more. The leaf shape and the flower clusters made it possible to identify it this time: Nannyberry (Viburnum lentago), a native shrub.

Publicado por scottking scottking, 10 de maio de 2017, 04:06 AM

Observações

Fotos / Sons

Observador

scottking

Data

Maio 9, 2017 01:47 PM CDT

Descrição

Nannyberry
St Olaf Natural Lands
Northfield, Minnesota

Etiquetas

Fotos / Sons

Observador

scottking

Data

Maio 9, 2017 03:28 PM CDT

Descrição

Sawfly
Cowling Arboretum
Northfield, Minnesota

Fotos / Sons

Observador

scottking

Data

Maio 9, 2017 03:19 PM CDT

Descrição

Henbit Deadnettle
newly seeded playing field adjacent to Cowling Arboretum
Northfield, Minnesota

Fotos / Sons

What

Maçãs (Género Malus)

Observador

scottking

Data

Maio 9, 2017 02:07 PM CDT

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Apple
St Olaf Natural Lands
Northfield, Minnesota

Etiquetas

Fotos / Sons

Observador

scottking

Data

Maio 9, 2017 01:58 PM CDT

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Ants
St Olaf Natural Lands
Northfield, Minnesota

Fotos / Sons

Observador

scottking

Data

Maio 9, 2017 01:52 PM CDT

Descrição

Narrow-headed Sun Fly
St Olaf Natural Lands
Northfield, Minnesota

Fotos / Sons

What

Corrupião-Laranja (Icterus galbula)

Observador

scottking

Data

Maio 9, 2017 01:44 PM CDT

Descrição

Baltimore Oriole
St Olaf Natural Lands
Northfield, Minnesota

Etiquetas

Fotos / Sons

What

Bolsa-de-Pastor (Capsella bursa-pastoris)

Observador

scottking

Data

Maio 9, 2017 01:37 PM CDT

Descrição

Shepherd's Purse
St Olaf Natural Lands
Northfield, Minnesota

Fotos / Sons

Observador

scottking

Data

Maio 9, 2017 01:22 PM CDT

Descrição

Sweat Bee
St Olaf Natural Lands
Northfield, Minnesota

Fotos / Sons

Observador

scottking

Data

Maio 9, 2017 01:19 PM CDT

Descrição

Wood Fly
St Olaf Natural Lands
Northfield, Minnesota

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