Photo Feature By Al Harris
Plants of Ladiga Trail
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The first four photos of small orange flowers appear to be Impatiens,
though the leaves do not fit with our common Touch-me-not, according
to Dr. David Whetstone. His guess is that it may be a cultivated
one or one that has escaped cultivation. The flower held a heavy
load of nectar, probably making it very appealing to hummingbirds
in late summer. These were found on the bike trail at the rear
of the Jacksonville Community Center in early October.
According to Dr. Whetstone, the plant above "is likely a
member of Asclepias or Matelea, though I am unsure
from the photograph. The family is the milk-weed (milky sap or
latex in the leaves and stems). Asclepias is an erect herb
while Matelea is a vine." Each pod was the size of
a large adult hand.
Ironweed, a common plant seen in meadows and fallow fields. The
rich purple of the flowers and the tall straight stems make this
plant easy to spot.
Dr. Whetstone identified the plant above as a Clematis
or "virgin's-bower." He said the species appears to be Clematis
dioscoreifolia (or the corrected name Clematis ternifolia).
There are 21 species of ragweed, but the two most often encountered
in North America are common or short ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia),
common in most of the Northeast US, and giant ragweed (Ambrosia
trifilda), found mostly in the Mississippi River Valley and
Great Lakes region.
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