Pressed plants

I was in Fairbanks last week and was delighted that Fireweed had already started to blossom there. Here in Anchorage it just starts to bloom in very sunny places. My travel pressing kit consisted of a field guide, paper towels, and a bag of Premium Blazer Wood Pallets.   Pressed …

Dissection 4 – Fabaceae – Big-leaved lupine – Lupinus polyphyllus

Big-leaved lupine – Lupinus polyphyllus Habitat:                hillside, south facing Leaves:                 compound, palmate Inflorescence:   inflorescent Fruits:                   none # of petals:          2?, fused # of sepals:         multiple # of stamen:       multiple Dehiscence:       dehiscent # of carpels:        multiple Placentation:     basal # of seeds:          multiple  

Dissection 3 – Borganiaceae – Tall bluebell – Mertensia paniculate

Tall bluebell – Mertensia paniculate Habitat:                hillside, south facing Leaves:                 multiple Inflorescence:   single flowers, bunched Fruits:                   none # of petals:          1 # of sepals:         1 # of stamen:       multiple Dehiscence:       indehiscent # of carpels:        multiple Placentation:     basal # of seeds:          multiple  

Dissection 2 – Asteraceae – Common yarrow – Achillea millefolium L.

Common yarrow – Achillea millefolium L. Habitat:                hillside, south facing Leaves:                 alternate, fern-like Inflorescence:   multiple flowers Fruits:                   none # of petals:          multiple # of sepals:         multiple # of stamen:       multiple Dehiscence:       indehiscent # of carpels:        multiple Placentation:     nasal # of seeds:          multiple

Dissection 1 – Geraniaceae – Northern cranesbill – Geranium bicknellii

Northern Geranium – Geranium bicknellii Habitat:                hillside, south facing Leaves:                 simple, lobes pinnate, leaf margins cleft Inflorescence:   single flowers Fruits:                   none present # of petals:          5 # of sepals:         5, connation # of stamen:       multiple Dehiscence:       indehiscent # of carpels:        1 Placentation:     basal # of seeds:          multiple

Taraxacum officinale

Taraxacum officinale, COMPOSITAE family 1. Habitat- well drained forest hillside with alder, fireweed, grass, wild geranium and Rosa acicularis. 2. Leaves, basal rosette of long toothed leaves. 3. Flowers, solitary. 4. Compound florets. 5. Fruits, achene. 6. Petals, single petal and stamen per floret. 7. Sepals, 11 deeply bisected. 8. …

Dissection

This flower is a night shade and if from the subfamily Solanoideae, it is a sister plant to Nicotianoideae. This was a plant that sprung up and grows wild on my property in California. As you can see the leaves are all very similar in shape and the flowers are unique in the fact that they sprout as one pedal in a solid umbrella fashion. There are 5 points on the septal

 

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Rosa acicularis dissection 2/4

Rosa acicularis, family ROSACEAE 1. Habitat- well drained hillside with alder, birch, wild geranium, and high bush cranberries. 2. Leaves, odd pinnate with simply serrate leaflets. 3. Inflorescence- flowers solitary 4. Flowers, perfect, actinomorphic, 5-merous. 5. Fruits- none present. 6. Five petals. 7. Five sepals. 8. Many stamen. 9. Indehiscent …