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    Botany Thread

    I looked. Searched by title and all of those advanced search features. So if I'm somehow good at seeking out scientific literature and really bad at finding threads on MTBR, sorry for a repeat.

    Pictures of plants, people. Keep 'em coming, because I love this stuff. Obviously I'll start with flowers, but these are a little less showy. I like them, though, because they're weird. First one is actually in the same family as blueberries and cranberries. Second one is a dogbane and has a bunch of its flower parts fused together.

    Hypopitys monotropa

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    Apocynum cannabium

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    Here's one I took of our first green bell pepper to sprout this last Spring.

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    One of our flowers... I think a Petunia.

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    Fun. I'll admit, I know very little about garden plants other than how to grow and eat them. Peppers are neat. I chewed on the leaf of a type of pepper plant when I was in Panama that had an anesthetic. My mouth was tingly and numb. I forget what it was called...

    Petunias, Solanaceae family. Same family as jimson weed and tobacco. I bet petunias aren't poisonous though.
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    No idea what it is, but it was growing trail-side in the middle of last Summer (Mission Trails, East county San Diego):


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    Quote Originally Posted by the one ring View Post
    Hmm. I've been trying to see what I can find. I don't see anything like it in searching for native flora of San Diego, which leads me to believe it's either not that common or introduced.

    I don't know what family it could be, because I can't tell enough about the flower parts from that picture. It appears to have some petals fused into a hood above the remaining petals, which almost points me to legumes (bean family), but I suspect that's way off and it might even be a family of plants we don't have here in Illinois.

    Now this is bothering me.
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    Random pics, ask for details if you'd like.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    Random pics, ask for details if you'd like.
    The second one is interesting, what is it?

    The third one, is it some type of evening primrose? Reminds me of Oenothera biennis.

    edit: is obviously not Oenothera biennis​, since that is an eastern species.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NDD View Post
    The second one is interesting, what is it?

    The third one, is it some type of evening primrose? Reminds me of Oenothera biennis.

    edit: is obviously not Oenothera biennis​, since that is an eastern species.
    I am not a plant guy so I have no clue. I just like to admire their beauty. 2nd and 3rd pics are from Titus Canyon, Death Valley in the 3000'-4000' elevation range. Taken last Spring.

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    Tiger Lilys from my backyard (last Summer of course)




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    Hawg, I was mostly right, even though I didn't think I was. It appears to be some variety of Chylismia brevipes. The listed common name is "yellow cups". How original.

    It's in the same family as my Oenothera biennis, which you can spot by looking at the fact that the stamens (boy parts) are fused to the petals and there are four petals. I was looking for the pistil (girl part) to have a split stigma (opening), which they usually have but I didn't notice in your picture, it looks like they just haven't fully developed is why you can't see that. This is characteristic of Onagraceae, the evening primrose family.

    CalPhotos: Chylismia brevipes; Yellow Cups

    I have to say, the fact that the NPS publishes checklists of flora is quite helpful if you can get it to the right family.
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    Milkweed in winter at night

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    ^ Nice follicles.
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    Any idea what this is?

    Sorry for the bad picture.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornfield View Post
    Any idea what this is?

    Sorry for the bad picture.

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    A shrubery!!!

    Honestly I have no clue. Sasquatch? Jimmy Hoffa? The fly trap from Little Shop of Horrors?
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    It is indeed, a shrubbery!



    I couldn't resist!

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    I am now considering going to Shubber School. An MS degree in art of shrubbery will take me far.

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    And then there's this...


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    Quote Originally Posted by NDD View Post
    Dude, I'm in Illinois. The only place anyone would come from that would say this area is hilly is Kansas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the one ring View Post
    This appears to be what's called Indian Warrior. Pedicularis densiflora. The family is Orobanchaceae, one I don't have any experience with, and also called the broomrape family.

    Wikipedia tells me that this plant is hemiparasitic. It can make its own food, but can also tap into the roots of other plants. This is unlike the Hypopitys I posted, which is totally parasitic.

    Hawg, I think your purdy reddish-pink ones are called Indian Paintrbrush. Genus Castilleja. Same family as the Indiana Warrior and also hemiparasitic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    And then there's this...
    Poor Checkov... doesn't he get that thing put in his ear?


    Plant knowledge is pretty cool, I'd like to know more. It would be invaluable in certain survival situations.

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    Yes, I agree, mine is indeed Indian Paintbrush. Thanks NDD!

    BTW, what does "NDD" stand for? Is it slang abbreviated like OMG, LOL, BTW, FWIW, IMO, STFU,...?

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    National Distribution of Daiseys.
    Quote Originally Posted by NDD View Post
    Dude, I'm in Illinois. The only place anyone would come from that would say this area is hilly is Kansas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornfield View Post
    Poor Checkov... doesn't he get that thing put in his ear?


    Plant knowledge is pretty cool, I'd like to know more. It would be invaluable in certain survival situations.
    In case you ever need to paint something outside and you've run out of paintbrushes, just go look for the red flower plant, "Indian Paintbrush" that I posted a picture of. And no, you don't have to be Indian to use this plant as a paintbrush. But it helps. In case you encounter an Indian.

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    I've got some I need identifying NDD. I'm looking for them hold on.
    Quote Originally Posted by NDD View Post
    Dude, I'm in Illinois. The only place anyone would come from that would say this area is hilly is Kansas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    National Distribution of Daiseys.
    I was thinking "North Dakota Dan" but his profile states a different state.

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    Indeed

    N (pronounced "in") and DD (pronounced "deed", as in double d's).

    That's how I reed it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornfield View Post
    Indeed

    N (pronounced "in") and DD (pronounced "deed", as in double d's).

    That's how I reed it.
    Clever, very clever.

    I especially liked the way you used the term "Double Ds" in your definition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornfield View Post
    Plant knowledge is pretty cool, I'd like to know more. It would be invaluable in certain survival situations.
    Plants are fun! It's also good to know which ones have edible fruits. I'll keep an eye out for edibles and their deceptively poisonous edible-looking counterparts to take pictures of.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    Yes, I agree, mine is indeed Indian Paintbrush. Thanks NDD!

    BTW, what does "NDD" stand for? Is it slang abbreviated like OMG, LOL, BTW, FWIW, IMO, STFU,...?
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    National Distribution of Daiseys.
    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    I was thinking "North Dakota Dan" but his profile states a different state.
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    Indeed

    N (pronounced "in") and DD (pronounced "deed", as in double d's).

    That's how I reed it.
    These are all interesting theories, and I almost don't even want to tell you all because it'll be totally buzzkill. So how do I do this? Let you have your own ideas about it, or spoil it with the lameness that is reality?
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    Quote Originally Posted by NDD View Post
    Plants are fun! It's also good to know which ones have edible fruits. I'll keep an eye out for edibles and their deceptively poisonous edible-looking counterparts to take pictures of.









    These are all interesting theories, and I almost don't even want to tell you all because it'll be totally buzzkill. So how do I do this? Let you have your own ideas about it, or spoil it with the lameness that is reality?
    Allow us to be creative for a while longer. Then, once all the laughs are out of us, you can spill the beans.

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    Botany Thread-12139924_662880753847970_717019362581839351_o.jpg

    Since I mentioned this one a couple of times, this is one of the evening primrose species over here. Oenothera biennis

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    The fruits on these are fun! Carex lupulina by my best estimation. Often called a hop sedge. Sedges can be very difficult to key and next to impossible without fruit. Most people would mistake a sedge for a grass without fruit on it.

    I know a guy who may have done dirty stuff to himself while thinking about this sedge. The first time he described it to me (actually the first time I met him) he described it as "one male on top of three or so just huge, engorged bodacious females". The male is the skinny thing up top, the big pointy things are female.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NDD View Post
    Warmer

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    Alright, NDD is simply my initials. I'll let you all decide what you think my name is then.
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    Dude, I'm in Illinois. The only place anyone would come from that would say this area is hilly is Kansas.

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    Dude, I'm in Illinois. The only place anyone would come from that would say this area is hilly is Kansas.

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    Dude, I'm in Illinois. The only place anyone would come from that would say this area is hilly is Kansas.

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    Well DJ seems to have figured out my middle name. Cuh-reeepy!
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    Dude, I'm in Illinois. The only place anyone would come from that would say this area is hilly is Kansas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Ned David Dilbert
    I kind of wish that was my name. I'll just let you guys decide what my name is, and then I'll change my MTBR name to that with (NDD) at the end. Be democratic about it.

    I'm going hiking today, and I don't expect to see anything since it's February, but who knows? Might see some things with buds or leaves, since it's been in the 50's or 60's for some reason. I would be anticipating the 20's or 30's normally around this time of year.
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    Well some spring ephemeral plants are starting already. Saw quite a bit of Dutchman's Britches out, Dicentra cupullaria. Only about two months early?

    Ferns too,Polystichum acrostichoides, Christmas fern.

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    Dude, I'm in Illinois. The only place anyone would come from that would say this area is hilly is Kansas.

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    Cooler.
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    This video is pretty hilarious. The narration is terribly bad/good, and that poor wasp at the beginning was just trying to get some.

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    With this crazy hot weather we will be having for the next week, I halfway expect to see some wildflowers beginning to pop. Possible pics to come...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    With this crazy hot weather we will be having for the next week, I halfway expect to see some wildflowers beginning to pop. Possible pics to come...
    Awesome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NDD View Post
    Awesome.
    It's only "awesome" if he produces. He's been known to blow smoke in the past.
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    Dude, I'm in Illinois. The only place anyone would come from that would say this area is hilly is Kansas.

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    LOL. Produce your flower, Hawg.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    It's only "awesome" if he produces. He's been known to blow smoke in the past.
    Jesus H Christ, is this pick on Hawg day?!

    You must be jealous of my 80 degree weather...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    Jesus H Christ, is this pick on Hawg day?!

    You must be jealous of my 80 degree weather...
    Did you just use the Lords name in vain?
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    Dude, I'm in Illinois. The only place anyone would come from that would say this area is hilly is Kansas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    Jesus H Christ, is this pick on Hawg day?!

    You must be jealous of my 80 degree weather...
    And you may also more he said he was going to post flower pictures, too. He hasn't.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NDD View Post
    And you may also more he said he was going to post flower pictures, too. He hasn't.
    LOL, such pressure. It's my day to do nothing and that's exactly what I have been doing all day. I've got a week (worth of hot weather) to find, shoot, and post some newly popped wildflowers. I will produce, fear not. Just not today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    LOL, such pressure. It's my day to do nothing and that's exactly what I have been doing all day. I've got a week (worth of hot weather) to find, shoot, and post some newly popped wildflowers. I will produce, fear not. Just not today.
    I was referencing DJ's post from earlier in the thread. Basically saying he ain't got room to talk. Haha.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NDD View Post
    I was referencing DJ's post from earlier in the thread. Basically saying he ain't got room to talk. Haha.
    Gotcha. But, I will produce, nonetheless. As long as Ma Nature cooperates.

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    I need help identifying this plant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NDD View Post
    I was referencing DJ's post from earlier in the thread. Basically saying he ain't got room to talk. Haha.
    I have no excuse, well other than I can't find them. Give me some more time please.
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    Dude, I'm in Illinois. The only place anyone would come from that would say this area is hilly is Kansas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by net wurker View Post
    I need help identifying this plant.

    Glowing bush, predominantly indigenous to Southern California.
    Quote Originally Posted by NDD View Post
    Dude, I'm in Illinois. The only place anyone would come from that would say this area is hilly is Kansas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by net wurker View Post
    I need help identifying this plant.

    I don't even see a plant in that picture. I only see some lady and what appears to be an equestrian of some kind.
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    As promised, wildflowers. I found a few of these just starting to pop along the coast line yesterday.
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    Nice, Hawg.

    I took a picture of a cool sapling I found on a hike this weekend but it was blurry. It's called devil's walking stick though.
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    Here's another from a forest hike today. This is an introduced vine but it sure does do well here on it's own out in the wilds. Also found some nice ferns starting to pop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    Here's another from a forest hike today. This is an introduced vine but it sure does do well here on it's own out in the wilds. Also found some nice ferns starting to pop.
    Ah, old periwinkle grows just about everywhere you don't want it to. At least it's pretty. As for the fern, I don't know what ferns you guys have out there. I'm guessing something in the genus Polypodium.

    I'll try to figure out something about that sunflower in a while. There are at least a dozen genera in that family with very similar looking flowers and most like that I've looked into are more California and Mexico native. It is good, I need these to get my botany bone on while winter is more or less happening here.
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    Hawg, I couldn't figure it out. It looks like a regular old California sunflower (Helianthus californicus) from the picture, but there aren't enough distinguishing features to tell it from the hundreds of similarly shaped flowers.

    So we'll say California sunflower.
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    Hawg, I couldn't figure it out. It looks like a regular old California sunflower (Helianthus californicus) from the picture, but there aren't enough distinguishing features to tell it from the hundreds of similarly shaped flowers.

    So we'll say California sunflower.
    They are only about the size of a daisy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    They are only about the size of a daisy.
    Well, narrowing down by flowering time and size/daisy-like, then I'm getting something closer to Lasthenia or Goldfields. Not conclusive, but it sure is a better guess.

    CalPhotos: Lasthenia californica; Goldfields
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    There seems to be some degree of variation there, probably some subspecies. I have to get to work now!
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    Oh, yeah baby....Hawg delivers....

    The wild flowers are just starting to pop here now. This usually doesn't happen until April/May, so thank you, El Nino?

    Also, somebody threw a bunch of seeds on the hillside up there and it's outrageous in color right now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    The wild flowers are just starting to pop here now. This usually doesn't happen until April/May, so thank you, El Nino?

    Also, somebody threw a bunch of seeds on the hillside up there and it's outrageous in color right now.
    So you stopped at your local garden center and took some photos?
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    Dude, I'm in Illinois. The only place anyone would come from that would say this area is hilly is Kansas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    So you stopped at your local garden center and took some photos?
    I LOL'd at the bottom pic that I posted. It totally looks photoshopped.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    I LOL'd at the bottom pic that I posted. It totally looks photoshopped.
    It kinda does. I think it's the lighting. But all in all a good haul, Hawg. What a gorgeous lupine!
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    Quote Originally Posted by NDD View Post
    It kinda does. I think it's the lighting. But all in all a good haul, Hawg. What a gorgeous lupine!
    The Lupines get THICK on that mountain when the bloom goes full. It turns some sections of the hillside into purple painted glory. I'll get pics when that happens.

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    ^Interesting perspective on the top pic. It looks like it's huge and casting a shadow further up the sidewalk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the one ring View Post
    ^Interesting perspective on the top pic. It looks like it's huge and casting a shadow further up the sidewalk.
    Run for your lives, it's the man-eating tree monster!!!

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    Good pics, Hawg. I'm still living vicariously through your botany pics for the next few weeks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NDD View Post
    Good pics, Hawg. I'm still living vicariously through your botany pics for the next few weeks.
    But, but, we need some IDs for these plants/flowers. I love plants but I am mostly clueless as to what the names are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    But, but, we need some IDs for these plants/flowers. I love plants but I am mostly clueless as to what the names are.
    It's quite obvious you like plants.

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    Dude, I'm in Illinois. The only place anyone would come from that would say this area is hilly is Kansas.

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    It's quite obvious you like plants.

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    Sorry, I do not see the connection?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    Sorry, I do not see the connection?
    Let the smoke clear first, Grasshopper.
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    Dude, I'm in Illinois. The only place anyone would come from that would say this area is hilly is Kansas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    But, but, we need some IDs for these plants/flowers. I love plants but I am mostly clueless as to what the names are.
    Oh man, I have just been way too busy for a while. I just went to read a couple of things at 7:00-7:30, and got to thinking about my thesis and looking at some dang computer code. That's been life lately.

    That's why you need to keep sending pictures and one day I might get to them.
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    Hawg, I knew I was going to have to go straight for the ornamentals for your flowering tree there. It looks like something from the group called "orchid trees", not because they're related to orchids, but rather because they're pretty. Bauhinia variegata, most likely

    See this site below for details, from the leaf venation I'd guess that's what the underside of your leaf looks like there. The stamens that are pointing upward are also similar.

    The grass... I'm not going to funk with it. Grasses are so different and sometimes you can't even get to the species without a handful of seeds and a dissecting scope.

    West African Plants - A Photo Guide - Bauhinia variegata L.
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    I've got more gardnen pics to post!

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    We are still very much on the cusp of spring here. Mostly just the remnants of last years grasses still up.

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    The thistles are starting to poke their basal rosettes out, though. Probably Circium arvense, Canada thistle. Not a very desirable thistle, even for those of us who like a good thistle or two

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    I'm ready for spring, though. I replaced the batteries and SD card for my camera and will from here on out try to post non-phone camera photos.
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    trout lilies, transplanted a couple to my garden

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    ^Very good. Our our trout lillies are still just a single leaf poking out of the ground. Narrow enough at this point most people would think it's a blade of grass. We tend to have both but Erythronium albidum is much more common around these parts.

    The spring ephemerals are such a delight in their short time here.
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    I've noticed healthy buds on the trees around here in the last few days.

    I view it as a good sign, even though there might be another cold snap or two.

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    NDD, I found ONE Thistle today. It was about 3' tall. and unreachable. I wanted to find some plants that I could get to because that is a plant that one of our local butterfly caterpillars eat.

    Couple more misc shots from today...

    I trip out on the orange, stringy parasitic stuff. It's moist to the touch. I actually traced the roots of one once (took a while) and it was buried into the stalk of the host plant. Weird, weird stuff.
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    ^The parasitic one is dodder. It's a funky thing. Genus Cuscuta, I don't know how to differentiate between species, we only have one as far as I know.

    The tree reminds me of about three or four different types of tree we have on out east. I have no suggestions, especially since looking at calflora.com gave me no hints. A lot I can't see from a picture. Cool tree, though.

    The only other thistle I saw was probably a bull thistle. Canada thistle and bull thistle are two rather weedy non-natives I'd rather not have, but I don't think they're going away any time soon. As long as they can be used by insects and play nice with the ecosystem I guess I'll just accept their naturalization.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NDD View Post
    ^The parasitic one is dodder. It's a funky thing. Genus Cuscuta, I don't know how to differentiate between species, we only have one as far as I know.

    The tree reminds me of about three or four different types of tree we have on out east. I have no suggestions, especially since looking at calflora.com gave me no hints. A lot I can't see from a picture. Cool tree, though.

    The only other thistle I saw was probably a bull thistle. Canada thistle and bull thistle are two rather weedy non-natives I'd rather not have, but I don't think they're going away any time soon. As long as they can be used by insects and play nice with the ecosystem I guess I'll just accept their naturalization.
    As soon as I find more of our Thistle plants, I will stop and take a pic of the blooms. The one I saw yesterday was just about to pop.

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    Aha! Spring beauty Claytonia virginica about to pop.

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    And what I believe to be a very young sweet cicely Osmorhiza claytonii. The leaves look more like that than anything else.

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    Wow! Even the desert thinks it's spring. Nice pics!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    Death Valley wildflowers!
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