In search of flowers in the Northeast

September 13, 2017

Collinsville, CT

A walk along the Farmington River Trail:

Japanese knotweed, an agressively invasive plant

Japanese knotweed, closeup shows winged seeds ready to invade another location

Evening primrose

White snakeroot with serrated, wide, lance-like leaves

White Snakeroot closeup reveals tiny, five-petaled disk flowers

Pale jewelweed, also called pale touch-me-not

Common yellow wood sorrel

Virgin’s bower, showing seeds with feathery elongated styles

Scientific names and families:

Japanese knotweed/Polygonum cuspidatum Siebold & Zucc. – Buckwheat Family: Polygonaceae

Evening primrose/Oenothera biennis – Evening Primrose Family: Onagraceae

White snakeroot/Ageratina altissimaAster Family: Asteraceae

Pale touch-me-not/Impatiens pallida Nutt. – Touch-me-not Family: Balsaminaceae

Common yellow wood sorrel/Oxalis strictaWood Sorrel Family: Oxalidaceae

Virgin’s bower/Clematis virginiana L. – Buttercup Family: Ranunculaceae

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