TikTok Index for September 2021

2021.09.01.01 Campsis stems and roots “Trumpet Creeper (Campsis radicans) takes it to the wall, showing that nodes are where the action is.”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRyATf7X/

2021.09.01.02 Callicarpa volunteer in Jan’s Garden “An Asian Callicarpa takes root in an American garden, where the North Temperate climate duplicates its native needs.” https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRyAKede/

2021.09.01.03 Clover and Oxalis “Though unrelated, clover and oxalis can appear similar vegetatively”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRyAqou1/

2021.09.01.04 Rhododendron growth pattern “Rhodies show a common growth pattern, with successive layers of vegetative growth emerging at the bases of stem-terminating flowering structures” https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRyDJpeT/

2021.09.01.05 Impatiens at Fox Den, New Scranton, PA “Gem-like flowers of Impatiens pallida have tiny, tubular spurs arising from saccate nectaries”https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRyAVpC8/

2021.09.01.06 Cuphaea at Fox Den “Vestiture is an encompassing term for the surface effect of trichomes – this Cuphaea viscosissima is covered with stipitate glandular trichomes” https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRyAc3nd/

2021.09.01.07 Verbesina angustifolia at Fox Den “A beautifully-winged stem helps distinguish this Verbesina from other tall, yellow-flowering roadside late summer daisies” https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRyD1DVA/

2021.09.01.08 Walnut fruit, Fox Den “One of two walnuts native to Eastern North America, Black Walnut is valued for its wood, while the nut harvest remains a special cottage industry”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRyAqjab/

2021.09.01.09 Walnut leaves and branches, Fox Den “Fleshing out a few more thoughts on Black Walnut. Leachates from their leaves are thought allopathic (toxic to some other plants)” https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRyAbfRH/

2021.09.02.01 Fagus grandifolia at The Dawes Arboretum “A towering American Beech, with its grey elephant-skin bark and spindly buds, shades The Dawes Arboretum entryway.”https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRyAG4tc/

2021.09.02.02 Cosmos sulphureus, Dawes “The Sulfur Cosmos (which so much resembles a Bidens) shows disk flowers beautifully, and draws a crowd of insects.” https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRyAKmfy/

2021.09.02.03  Echinacea, Dawes Pollinator Garden “The Dawes Arboretum pollinator garden was flush with business today.” https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRyDPSn1/

2021.09.02.04 Zinnias and  monarch, Dawes “The Pollinator Habitat at Ohio’s Dawes Arboretum” https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRyD2dex/ 7003518110514908422

2021.09.02.05 Willow Maze, Dawes “A different kind of basket case, made of living willow and changing daily – a naturally magical exploration place at Dawes Arboretum”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRyD6Bbw/ 

2021.09.02.06 Heliopsis, Dawes “Heliopsis helianthoides (“looks like the sun” + “looks like sunflower”) is a spectacuynatice perennial, the glory of garden and prairie alike”    https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRyD2NBy/

2021.09.02.07 Smooth Aster, Dawes “Where did Aster go? Current thought is that New World plants formerly deemed Asters are truly their own lineage; thus this resurrected genus” https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRyDfVWQ/

2021.09.02.08 Tilia, Dawes “About 30 kinds of Tilia are native to North Temperate zones in America, Europe, and Asia. They all have this nifty bract” https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRyDhfMM/

2021.09.02.09 Japanese Garden, Dawes Arboretum “Designed and built in 1963, the Dawes Arboretum’s Japanese Garden complements the Asia-American core collection of North Temperate woody flora” https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRyDUw5g/

2021.09.02.10 Carpinus, Dawes Arboretum “Carpinus (in the Birch family) is a nice small, commonly multi-trunks tree. The wood is said to be very dense and thus hard to work.” https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRyDPvnD/

2021.09.02.11  Pinus strobus nana, Dawes Arboretum “A low-branching form of White Pine (Pinus strobus) makes a perfect stand-in for Japanese White Pine (Pinus parviflora) in the Dawes Japanese Garden” https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRyDAhr3/

2021.09.02.12 Buckeye, Aesculus flava, Dawes “America’s native Aesculus inherit the common name Horsechestnut from European relatives. Along with the Maples, they are now subsumed in the Sapindaceae” Note that the large American native, Aesculus glabra is Ohio’s state tree, and the source of references to Buckeyes. When the “spreading Chestnut” mentioned in Longfellow’s poem was felled, the wood was used to make a rocking chair given to him. On later examination of the wood in that chair, it was discovered to have been a “spreading Horsechestnut”. https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRyDPW6a/

2021.09.02.13 Chionanthus retusa, Dawes “Given the many changes in plant systematics over the past two decades, it’s notable that the Olive family remains as a naturally cohesive grouping.” Chionanthus is among the many plants that remind us of the ancient floristic connectivity of the American and Asian North Temperate floras, having a “vicariad” (Chionanthus virginicus) native to the Southeastern US. Horticulturally, scions of Chionanthus can be successfully grafted to rootstock of Ash (Fraxinus, also in the Oleaceae) https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRyDUoYd/

2021.09.02.14  Campsis, cream-colored, Dawes “Horticulturists enjoy introducing unusual flower color forms, especially when the plant reputation is mono-thematically based a narrow palette”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRyDBUJr/

2021.09.02.15 Japanese Anemone, Dawes “Note that botanists consider the Anemone tepals to be sepals, there being no true petals. Today these Anemones are placed in the genus Eriocapitellahttps://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRyDBnkL/

2021.09.02.16 Nyssa sylvatica, Dawes “Forest Tupelo (Nyssa sylvatica) represented by two striking specimens at The Dawes Arboretum in Ohio” https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRyDjMAy/

2021.09.02.17 Acer saccharum, Dawes “A lovely specimen of Sugar Maple at Dawes Arboretum. The full crown, retaining lower branches, suggests this tree developed in uncrowded conditions” https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRyDf9WA/

2021.09.03.01 Corn and Soybeans “With hundreds of other vehicles on I-70, we’ll be in the Indianapolis evening news as a major backup; but there’ll be no shortage of CO2 for the corn.” https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRyDcmNo/

2021.09.05.01 Wayside Helianthus tuberosus “Jerusalem Artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus) is a good fit for this common, tall daisy…. Large lanceolate leaves with winged petioles all up the stems” The specific name “tuberosus” is nicely applicable, in that the edible “roots” are truly tubers, which means they are swollen underground stems (rhizomes). Note: they hold up well as cutflowers.  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRfjjuvc/

2021.09.05.02 Roadside wildflowers on the Farm “Bordering cornfields, a stand of Verbesina (prob. V. alternifolia) presides over Lobelias, Commelinas, Solidagos, and weedy Ipomoeas”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRfjSWAo/

2021.09.05.03 Verbesina alternifolia visitors “Wasps marauding flowering heads of Wingstem Verbesina along a roadside in Miller Country, MO.”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRfjR4V4/

2021.09.05.04 Lindera benzoin “Frail-seeming compared to its Lauraceous relatives, the dioecious Lindera benzoin flowers before leafing out. This shrub made female flowers” Steyermark describes a second, rarer species from SE Missouri – Lindera melissaefolium – that differs in having thicker fruit peduncles, and leaves that are green abaxially.  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRf2oXge/

2021.09.05.04 Bidens polylepis (or, perhaps B. aristosa) and other composites “Late summer belongs to the Composites – showcasing their great diversity in herbaceous plant form”  Steyermark tells us that B. polylepis is the more common of the Tickseeds in Missouri, having twice the number of outer phyllaries (involucral bracts), with twice the length as compared to outer bracts of B. aristosa (in which the inner bracts are shorter than the outer). https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRfjLCUw/

2021.09.05.05 Phytolacca americana “Fruiting plant of Pokeweed (Phytolacca americana). The deep purple color in stems and fruit suggests its Caryophllaceous relationship to beets & cacti.” https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRfjAhVY/

2021.09.06.01 Dogwood and Buckthorn “Dogwood is one of many plants that produce red-fruit, perfect for bird dispersal.” https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRfqrf2Q/

2021.09.06.02 Helianthus as cut flowers “Should you have a sunny edge for a rampant perennial that produces wonderful cut flowers (and edible tubers) consider Helianthus tuberosus.” https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRfqrfGu/

2021.09.06.03 Campanulas bring blue to autumn “Late-summer-flowering Campanulaceae, with their innate capacity to produce sky blue and near-purple flowers.”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRfq65Mt/

2021.09.06.04 A daisy tailgate party “DYC (= damned yellow composites.) So similar from a distance, the differences are best noted through direct comparison”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRfqRH3A/

2021.09.06.05 Phlox – poster-child for salverform corollas “Phlox corollas are the epitome of “salverform” – a term that describes narrowly tubular corollas that flare out at 90 degrees into a flat face.”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRfquCXo/

2021.09.06.06 Helianthus and Helenium – exposed! “Comparing two Composites in related but separate Tribes…. Helianthus (sunflowers) and Helenium (sneeze weeds)” https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRfqS8DT/

2021.09.06.07 Impatiens with a funnelform nectary “In the shadows and muddy soils we find a stand of Impatiens capensis that shows no wilting. Plants receiving afternoon sun are invariably droopy.”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRfqfScG/

2021.09.06.08 Cucumbers with a Spine (or many) “A fragile-seeming but rampant herbaceous Cucurbit, Sicyos angulatus, yields clusters of spiny fruit, thus its common name Bur Cucumber”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRfquSbH/

2021.09.06.09 The exotic taste of illicit Thistles “Most likely the introduced Spear Thistle (Cirsium vulgare), and considered a noxious weed in several states, the native insects love it still”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRfqYMJX/

2021.09.06.10 Allium stellata, A bit of Prairie with the taste of Onions “What I think of as “Prairie Plants” show up in specialized habitats throughout the Ozarks, even deep in to Alabama and other southeastern sites”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRfqUfNG/

2021.09.07.01 Gomphocarpus physocarpus at Missouri Botanical Garden.  “The crazy name of this African Asclepiad (Gomphocarpus physocarpus) has meaning, especially the species, translating as ‘bladder fruit’” https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRQTbkwa/

2021.09.07.02 Variegated Asclepias at Missouri Botanical Garden.  “An Asclepias with variegated foliage is making quite the show at Missouri Botanical Garden”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRQT9YxU/

2021.09.07.03 Victoria pond at MOBOT.  “Victoria waterlilies on display in the plaza leading to the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Climatron. They only flourish in warm water”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRQTbd5W/

2021.09.07.04 Papaya allee “A phalanx of robust Papayas highlight beds along the Climatron plaza at Missouri Botanical Garden” https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRQTXPb5/

2021.09.07.05 Waterlilies at MOBOT “George Pring (a Missouri BG horticulturist) is one of many people who spent years studying, crossing, and selecting water lilies for people to grow.”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRQT7huD/

2021.09.07.06 Ricinus at MOBOT  “Castor Bean, Ricinus, makes its mark in the Missouri BG landscape. It’s a plant you can truly say that if it can’t cure you it can kill you”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRQTWGWY/

2021.09.07.07 Waterlilies “Last words on water lilies at Missouri BG. Also check out Longwood (PA) and McKee Bot Garden (Vero Beach, FL)”   https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRQTGBVo/

2021.09.07.08 Hibiscus from Madagascar at MOBOT  “Hibiscus grandidieri (Madagascar) takes H schizopetalus a step further, with elegant styles showing, exerted from buds”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRQTpEqs/

2021.09.07.09 Liatris at MOBOT  Each flowering head of Liatris looks like a miniature thistle, though the genus is classified in the Eupatorium tribe, not with thistles (Cynareae)

2021,09.07.10 Daisy “Prairie plays at MOBot. The fruit I speculated might be a Prairie yucca seems to be Agave americana….”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRQTbvpQ/

2021.09.07.11 Liatris at MOBOT  “A Liatris scariosa that is “out-of-the-box”. Can this really be a Liatris with these stalked heads? So different. Wow!”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRQTttbh/

2021.09.07.12 Bright palette “Going all out with a palette of extreme leaf color at MOBot. #coleus #pepper #beddingout https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRQTgb12/

2021.09.07.13 Scaevola basket at MOBOT “The curious floral structure of Scaevola, as though cut in half, or like a hand, led to the generic name, which means “left-handed”” https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRQT93DX/

2021.09.07.14 Begonia basket “A well-hung Begonia at MOBot. These plants a paragons of monoecy – the production of separate male and female flowers on the same plant.”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRQTaCjM/

2021.09.07.15 Okra at MOBOT  “Everything about Okra rubs the grain – coarse teannoying spininess, slimy fruit. But I like it, and also like this planting in clusters” https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRQTG4qq/

2021.09.07.16 Hibiscus at MOBOT “Another Hibiscus! They are too neat to ignore. Look at the spiny trichomes covering the capsule, which looks to be something you shouldn’t touch.” https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRQTuJe7/

2021.09.07.17 Lablab at MOBOT “The monospecific genus Lablab is an Arabic word for this African relative of common beans (Phaseolus). The seed must be leached to be edible.” https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRQTCwNL/

2021.09.07.18 Hosta at MOBOT “Hosta flowering in the MOBot Japanese Garden, visited by unwelcome ladrones… #robbing #hosta”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRQTCMDE/

2021.09.07.19 Fraxinus profunda & Colchicum at MOBOT “With 6 stamens, you have to think it’s Colchicum autumnale, though commonly called a crocus. But Crocus is different, w/ 3 stamens.(Iris family)

2021.09.07.20 Tilia japonica at MOBOT  “Tilia japonica, at the MOBot Japanese Garden, is a finer-textured version of American Tilia (Basswood)” https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRQT929f/

2021.09.07.21 Champion White Basswood at MOBOT “White Basswood at MOBot… To learn more about American Champion Trees, search for the National Register at americanforests.org”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRQTqRmB/

2021.09.07.22 Onoclea at Shaw Reserve “Ferns make visible spores, in sori on the surfaces of fronds (leaves). But ferns do not make flowers, cones, or seed. (Onoclea sensibilis)”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRQTWQ8N/

2021.09.07.23 Silphium at Shaw Reserve Silphium terebinthinaceum, called Prairie Dock, establishes a large taproot that helps the plant re-sprout follow fire or damage”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRQTPRoh/

2021.09.07.24 Oaks at Shaw Reserve “A selection of Oaks at Shaw Nature Reserve (part of MO Bot Garden). Without labels, it boils down to acorns, leaves, & bark.”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRQTxCyB/

2021.09.09.01 Quercus alba in Lake Ozark “A White Oak with a spectacular acorn crop (i.e. “mast”). Note the knobby scales, which characterize this tree” https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRQTmJ2C/

2021.09.10.01 Echinacea at Menards in Lake Ozark  “When a daisy is “Double,” it usually means the ray flowers in each head are more numerous and the disk flowers are reduced as compared to other forms”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRQTasVT/

2021.09.10.02 Pumpkins at Menards in Lake Ozark “It’s Pumpkin time! Each pumpkin (along with cucumber, melons, and squash) is a kind of fruit called a “pepo” – i.e. with “parietal” placentation” https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRQTCaoe/

2021.09.11.01 Cypress Vines at Powell Gardens “Cypress Vines – a taxonomic knot involving hybrids and ploidy levels… is it Ipomoea coccineus, or I. quamoclit, or I. sloderi, or I. multifida?”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRQTmmc8/

2021.09.11.02 Thalia at Powell Gardens “Thalia geniculata, closely related to Prayer Plant (Maranta) and distantly related to Gingers is thought native both Old and New World tropics. Hmmm.”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRQTfVX2/

2021.09.11.03 Succulent display at Powell Gardens  “Powell Gardens, compact but effective display of nice succulents, including four neat wall/garden panels”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRQT53yd/

2021.09.11.04 Pepper ‘Mad Hatter’ at Powell Gardens “Capsicum annuum ‘Mad Hatter’ – note the extra petals, all of which have lovely markings.” https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRQTP2he/

2021.09.11.05 Vista from Silo “At Powell Gardens. go straight to the Silo for a view that helps with orientation…. It can windy (as you can hear.)”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRQTtu1R/

2021.09.11.06 Malibar spinach at Powell Gardens “A semi-succulent vine, Malabar Spinach (Basella alba) shows the deep purple color common to plants with betalain pigments – like beets & pokeweed”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRQTqdUD/

2021.09.11.07 Asparagus at Powell Gardens “Asparagus is fern-like, but it’s a flowering plant that produces orange berry-like fruit. We consume young stems before they develop tough tissues.”   https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRQTChMy/

2021.09.11.08 Jujube at Powell Gardens “Zizyihus jujuba– what a great name! Read the Wikipedia treatment- there’s a lot more to discover about this plant than can be stated in 3 minutes”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRQTaqQu/

2021.09.11.09  Figs at Powell Gardens “For more non Figs, check out my blog; https://botanyincontext.com/2019/08/28/fig-leaf-to-the-rescue/“  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRQTx5Wa/

2021.09.11.10 Chinkapin Oak st Powell Gardens “A strikingly beautiful clustering of acorns on a Chinkapin Oak. #quercus #oak #acorn #arboriculture”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRQTGSpf/

2021.09.12 01 Helianthus in Rock Post or Post Rock “It’s Kansas rock post country – land of sunflowers. Early introductions of Helianthus annuus to Europe were the large form, so who selected it??”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRQTuVJp/

2021.09.12.02 Alfalfa https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMR in Russell, KS “The word “alfalfa” comes to us (through Spain) from the Arabic word for “green fodder.” It’s “lucerne “ in Europe, and Medicago in science lingo

2021.09.13.01 Bindweed “Convolvulus (incl. Calistegia) and Ipomoea differ, with filiform stigmas and subtending bracts in Convolvulus and capitate stigmas in Ipomoea” https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRQTQPum/

2021.09.13.02 Solanum at Kansas rest stop “Without constant mowing, this Kansas Thistle (Solanum angustifolium) would be more formidable. See how the flower resembles other Solanums”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRQTyQWS/

2021.09.13.03 Caltrop “Finally, in Kansas, I think I’ve encountered the nasty Caltrop (Tribulus), as compared to the Kallstroemia I saw in Florida (my post on 3 August).”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRQTm3uU/

2021.09.13.04 Van Gogh “I bet, in his wildest imaginations (which seemingly were extensive) van Gogh never pictured a giant replica of this Sunflower version in Goodland, KS”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRQTxkcL/

2021.09.13.05 Colorado Welcome Center “The Colorado welcome center on I-70, perhaps staffing has been one of many cutbacks caused by the on-going pandemic. Some centers are immersive, like I-10 in East Texas.”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRQT5qPw/

2021.09.13.06 Petunia in Strasberg, CO “Though in different plant families, Petunia flowers bear striking similarities to Morning Glories – 5 sepals, 5 tubular petals, & 5 unequal stamens”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRQTtswR/

2021.09.14.01 Geranium at Ute Lodge “Geranium richardsonii not richardsonianum) at Ute Lodge in Colorado, 7600 ft. 5 of every floral part”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRQT5kHq/

2021.09.14.02 Oxeye Daisy at Ute Lodge “Some plants are simply camp followers, showing up around settlements wherever the environment will support them. Oxeye Daisy seems to be one”   https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRQTVjHH/

2021.09.14.03 Rosa woodsii near Ute Lodge “Keying out in the Colorado Flora (Weber & Wittman) as Rosa woodsii, this erect-stem rose makes a striking fall display in the White River area”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRQTpngG/

2021.09.14.04 Castelleja near Ute Lodge “Losing track of syllables, I have my first siting of Castilleja linariifolia, as well as C. miniata, a genus now classified in the Orobanchaceae”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRQTsM81/

2021.09.14.05 Euphorbia (sensu lato) at Lake Avery “Some authors split Euphorbia into smaller genera of coherent ancestry, but at a field level, this gestalt and set of characters define a logical horticultural genus”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRQTX2TW/

2021.09.15.01 Western Aster along White River Fork “Western Daisy, which covers a couple of different, closely related taxa, variably placed in Aster, Symphotrixhon, & Virgulaster.”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRQTtD91/

2021.09.15.02 Lupinus at Lake Avery “Lupinus, a genus of about 200 spp (the Bean Family) native to the Americas and the Mediterranean region. The leached seed are edible. #lupine”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRQT9BKD/

2021.09.15.03 Populus tremuloides White River National Forest “The dioecious Quaking Aspen can establish extensive, long-lived uni-sex clonal colonies. One clone is called Pando (Latin for “I spread”)”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRQTQ8Yh/

2021.09.15.04 Rosa woodsii flowers “Two decades after the Big Fish Fire denuded the area around Trapper Lake and 10% of Flat Tops Wilderness, a rose blooms”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRQT5vBL/

2021.09.16.01 Chamaebatiaria millefolium in Meeker, CO  “Chamaebatiaria millefolium shows flowers with several pistils imbedded in the hypanthium (floral cup) – differing from another rose family member, Chamibatia”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMR4XsvBC/

2021.09.17.01 Lupinus at Rio Blanco “Lupine hold color longer than is typical for flowers, giving a bit more value for effort- if you have a climate where they grow beautifully”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMR4XCVUk/

2021.09.18.01 Pinyon-Juniper Woodland at Colorado Monument, Grand Junction “The pinyon pine – juniper plant association occupies some of the West’s most striking landscapes. The famous/infamous Ephedra is part of that flora” https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMR4X9U4S/

2021.09.18.02 Yucca fruit “A striking flower stalk (infructescence) that shows the 3-carpellate nature of capsules in this Yucca (forsit), Colorado Monument, Grand Junction, CO”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMR4XVfrs/

2021.09.18.03 Visitor Center native plants “Fun when someone goes to the effort to plant a selection of typical native plants that are labelled! Visitor Center, Colorado Monument NP” https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMR4Xphta/

2021.09.18.04 Herrickia glauca in Colorado Monument “One of these things is not like the other…. Uggh, the break-up of Aster is like a nasty divorce in a plural marriage. Is this Herrickia glauca?” https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMR4XxDRB/

2021.09.18.05 Asclepias subverticillata “Looks like Asclepias subverticillata, hoping to join botanical offerings at he Colorado Monument NP Visitor Center.”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMR4XU5AY/

2021.09.18.06 Pinyon-Pine Woodland “Pinyon-Juniper Woodland (which BLM is eradicating) covers millions of acres at higher elevations in Utah, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado.”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMR4Xyrur/

2021.09.18.07 Rose in Grand Junction “Roses have their own, seemingly tumultuous way of generating pistils, several per flower, maturing in a fleshy hip”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMR4X4kSf/

2021.09.18.08 Apple Sculpture in Grand Junction “In an apple x-section you see a star of 5 pistils (the pistils) with their pips, which are the seed. the star points define the true fruit (pistils)”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRn6mmGk/

2021.09.18.09 Tithonia in Grand Junction “Even though the involucre of Tithonia differs greatly from that of Helianthus, I find they are in the same Tribe of Asteraceae”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMR44NGP3/

2021.09.19.01 Oenothera in Fruitas “A honker of an Oenothera (O. macrocarpa?) in a parking lot planter (Fruitas. CO). Note the inferior ovary, 4-5” long, free style, and branched stigma”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRnjQf61/

2021.09.19.02 Fallugia at the Utah Welcome Center, I-70 “Freaky Fallugia – a rose with fruit looking like Clematis – but it’s in the rose family for sure. Like some other members, there’s no “floral cup””  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRnj9VHU/

2021.09.19.03 Pinyon Pine at the Utah Welcome Center, I-70 “A Pinyon Pine at the Utah Visitors Welcome Center, I-70. It seems some scales produce two ovules (seed), whereas smaller scales bear only one”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRnjnHnC/

2021.09.19.04 Caryopteris at the Utah Welcome Center, I-70 “Assumed a hybrid of Caryopteris incana with C. mongholica, Blue Mist Spiraea is a mint, not a rose family Spiraea. It seems this is truly meant to be Blue Mist Spires, but the Spiraea seems to have stuck.  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRnj9sUp/

2021.09.21.01 Yucca brevifolia at Red Rock “Joshua Tree (Yucca brevifolia) gains its iconic branching habit as a result of episodic flowering. This plant marks certain Mojave Desert altitudes”   https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRnjQnVr/

2021.09.21.02 Red Rock National Conservation and Recreation Areas “Red Rock Canyon is a National Conservation Area (operated by BLM). The sire became BLM’s first recreation site when rejected as a National Park by NPS”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRnjvRBe/

2021.09.21.03 Gutierrezia at Red Rock “Would love to talk with someone who can makes heads or tails out of the late summer-flowering composites at Red Rock, like this Gutierrezia”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRnjxoBn/

2021.09.21.04 Purshia at Red Rock “Mature fruit of what seems to be Purshia, as different from Fallugia (similar desert plants on the rose family). See also the next post”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRnjCYwM/

2021.09.21.05 Purshia and Fallugia at Red Rock “n the Mojave Desert to reconstruct your ideas as to when a rose is a rose is a rose…. It’s fun to encounter roses as microphyllous shrubs”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRnj4YGr/

2021.09.21.06 Eriogonum deflexum at Red Rock “Eriogonum deflexum vies for my favorite plant in the group- with a charming rosette of leaves, flattened branching, and. pendent flowers”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRnjn2yG/

2021.09.22.01 Tecoma stans in Bakersfield “Important in the Caribbean. The shrubby Tecoma stans can survive winters in the Southern tier of states, while thriving in the hottest of summers” https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRnjTLLV/

2021.09.23.01 Erythranthe cardinalis at Sta. Barbara BG “Once considered members of the Scroph family, the Monket-flowers are now Phrymaceae, still in the order with mints and scrophs.”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRnj3dNN/

2021.09.23.02 Quercus durata at Sta. Barbara BG “Look at the great cupped and holly-like leaves on this chaparral oak, Quercus durata. Endemic to CA, the shrubby tree should gain more attention.”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRnjgo2q/

2021.09.23.03 Sea Wrack at Jalama “Wracks of Macrocystis, a giant kelp that enlivens the cool Pacific Ocean waters just offshore along the California coast”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRnjXEyq/

2021.09.25.01 Kigelia africana, at The Huntington “Sausage Tree (Kigelia africana) l, a Bignoniaceous tree flowering at Huntington Botanical Gardens. This bat-pollinated flower isn’t light-colored”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRnjW7KU/

2021.09.24.02 Cotton at The Huntington “Part 1, checking out Cotton. The “lint” is made of long cells, each fiber of lint being a single cell produced by the seed coat.”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRnjH2hu/

2021.09.26.03 Cotton lint “On to part 2 about Cotton – the developing seed of which make trichomes we use as fiber that is perfect for spinning thread and yarn.”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRnjmfts/

2021.09.26.01 Senna didymobotryia at The Huntington “Senna didymobotrya. The specific name refers to paired groupings or bunches (of grapes), and may refer to the paired leaflets” https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRnjaAVU/

2021.09.26.01 Nepenthes in The Huntington Rose Hills Conservatory “Plant leaves prove highly adaptable evolutionarily in Nepenthes. As in the unrelated carnivore Venus flytrap, leaf tips develop as specialized traps.”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRnjaE5c/

2021.09.26.02 Ginkgo biloba at The Huntington “Ginkgo biloba produces seed from ovules that were borne plain naked on special seed-bearing “bract scale” that has been the subject of speculation.”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRnjxpDM/

2021.09.26.03 Hops at The Huntington “The commercial Hops “bine” (Humulus lupulus) is thought native to Egypt, though its prominence in European beer-making has a long history.”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRnjtrnj/

2021.09.26.04 The Huntington Rose pergola “The 112-year old Huntington Rose Garden showcases over 1200 cultivars in a range of caregories. It’s well worth the effort given to cultivation”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRnj4Hb7/

2021.09.26.05 Heliotrope in The Huntington Herb Garden “Heliotrope, redolent of informal cottage gardens, brings incredible fragrance to hand – but the lovely aroma belies toxic qualities should it be eaten”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRnjTYaM/

2021.09.26.06 Chorisia speciosa at The Huntington “Chorisia speciosa, South America’s Silk Floss Tree is now classified in the Malvaceae, which makes too much sense. It’s just a more exotic Hibiscus”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRnjuURU/

2021.09.28.01 Calliandra californica, at The Huntington “The native Calliandra californica is a great teaching plant, showing all stages of development simultaneously- a nice plant.”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZM8JrTyMM/

2021.09.28.02 Hylocereus, at The Huntington “A few Hylocereus flowers ahead of the mass showing predicted by a new cohort of buds. Cactus flowers have remarkable multi-branches stigmas”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZM8JhRxkc/ 

2021.09.28.03 Peltophorum, at The Huntington “Peltophorum is one of many great yellow-flowered Leguminous trees that brighten summer in the SoCal landscape.”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZM8JrEjek/

2021.09.28.04 Koelreuteria, at The Huntington “Koelreuteria (Golden Rain Tree) is a quick-change artist – always going through some fresh phase of growth and dormancy, flowering and fruiting.”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZM8JhNxyJ/

2021.09.28.05 Cascabella, at The Huntington “Cascabella (Apocynaceae) makes clusters of clear yellow, bell-shaped flowers, resembling the effect of the unrelated Tecoma stans (Bignoniaceae)”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZM8Jrv3yP/

2021.09.28.06 Cordia, at The Huntington “The large, tubular flowers of Cordia boissieri are humongous versions of their Boraginous relatives, the Heliotropes and Forget-me-Nots.”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZM8JhYPHY/

2021.09.30.01 Chinese Garden, at The Huntington “Liu Fang Yuan, The Huntington’s Garden of Flowing Fragrance has been completed, with addition of the North (main) and West (Penjing) courtyards.” https://vm.tiktok.com/ZM8Jrtgro/

2021.09.30.02  Angraecum, at The Huntington “Overseen by Huntington Orchid Curator Brandon Tam, this specimen of Angraecum longicalcar is pure natural beauty”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZM8Jr3GTE/

2021.09.30.03 Brownea, at The Huntington “Walking through a lowland tropical forest, you could encounter this small, quietly expressive understory tree – a Brownea, brandishing bouquets”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZM8JrGQLx/

2021.09.30.04 Granny Smith apples, at The Huntington “A tidy crop of Granny Smith apples proves that given great souls and drainage, gardeners can harvest a yield in Los Angeles County”  https://vm.tiktok.com/ZM8JhdcAD/