Time for some Flower Analysis

Lets take apart some flowers, and see what we can find!

FLOWER ANALYSIS WORKSHEET

Flower #1

This flower was found here (Delaware county garden, urban environment):

It is on page _336____ in Newcomb’s Wildflowers or page ______in( Petrides Trees & Shrubs‚ (if applicable).

Common name__Day Lily__________‚ Scientific name:___Hemerocallis fulva________

Corolla:‚ number of petals __3___‚ separate or‚ fused? __separate_________

Calyx: number of sepals __3___ separate or fused?____separate_________

Adroecium: number of stamens _6____ separate, fused or arranged in any special way?  Separate

Gynoecium type: unicarpellate, apocarpous, or  syncarpous (and # of carpels =_3____) Syncarpous
How can you tell? (Cite the features were apparent about the number of carpels.)

I was able to tell this because the 3 carpals are fused, and there are also 3 petals and 3 sepals, which is a characteristic of being syncarpous.

Flower type/ovary position: Hypogynous, or‚ perigynous or epigynous?_Epigynous__________

Flower symmetry: actinomorphic (regular) or zygomorphic (irregular)?  Zygomorphic

Additional distinctive features: They only open for a day! I feel like often when I’m out and I spot Day lily’s they’re basal leaves are quite distinctive in they look like tall narrow grass and you often see the sticks lefts over from the flowers that have fallen off.

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FLOWER ANALYSIS WORKSHEET

Flower #2

This flower was found here (Delaware county , apartment garden/ urban environment):

It is on page _____ in Newcomb’s Wildflowers or page ______in( Petrides Trees & Shrubs‚ (if applicable).

Common name_____________________‚ Scientific name: ________________________________

Corolla: number of petals _9____‚ separate or‚ fused? ___separate________

Calyx: number of sepals __5___ separate or fused?___separate__________

Adroecium: number of stamens __4___ separate, fused or arranged in any special way? separate

Gynoecium type: unicarpellate, apocarpous, or  syncarpous (and # of carpels =_3____)
How can you tell? (Cite the features were apparent about the number of carpels.) Syncarpous, it has 3 fused carpels.

Flower type/ovary position: Hypogynous, or‚ perigynous or epigynous?__hypogynous_________

Flower symmetry: actinomorphic (regular) or zygomorphic (irregular)? Zygomorphic

 

Additional distinctive features: __________________________________________________________________________________

FLOWER ANALYSIS WORKSHEET

Flower #3

This flower was found here (Delaware county , apartment garden/ urban environment):

It is on page _____ in Newcomb’s Wildflowers or page ______in( Petrides Trees & Shrubs‚ (if applicable).

Common name___________________‚ Scientific name: ________________________________

Corolla: number of petals _5____‚ separate or‚ fused? ___fused________

Calyx: number of sepals __5___ separate or fused?___Separate__________

Adroecium: number of stamens __5___ separate, fused or arranged in any special way? Separate

Gynoecium type: unicarpellate, apocarpous, or ‚ syncarpous (and # of carpels =_1____)
How can you tell? (Cite the features were apparent about the number of carpels.)

Unicarpellate, there is only one chamber when you look at the gynoecium.

Flower type/ovary position: Hypogynous, or‚ perigynous or epigynous?___Hypogynous________

Flower symmetry: actinomorphic (regular) or zygomorphic (irregular)? Zygomorphic

Additional distinctive features:The anthers are purple!

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FLOWER ANALYSIS WORKSHEET

Flower #4

This flower was found here (Delaware county , apartment garden/ urban environment):

It is on page _____ in Newcomb’s Wildflowers or page ______in( Petrides Trees & Shrubs‚ (if applicable).

Common name_______________‚ Scientific name: ________________________________

Corolla: number of petals _10____‚ separate or‚ fused? __fused_________

Calyx: number of sepals ___3__ separate or fused?___separate__________

Adroecium: number of stamens __0__ separate, fused or arranged in any special way?

Gynoecium type: unicarpellate, apocarpous, or ‚ syncarpous (and # of carpels =__5___) How can you tell? (Cite the features were apparent about the number of carpels.)

Syncarpous, there are 5 chambers when observing the gynoecium.

Flower type/ovary position: Hypogynous, or‚ perigynous or epigynous?___Hypogynous________

Flower symmetry: actinomorphic (regular) or zygomorphic (irregular)? Zygomorphic

Additional distinctive features: The ovary appears distinctive to me, when looking at this flower I can see tiny stamens fluffing out right at the top of the ovary, but you can’t see a style or the full flower parts (stamen or pistil).

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Wildflower ID

Whew! Now that the plant dissection is out of the way! It’s time to take a look at some wildflowers, I’m really happy with my pictures mind you, I’ll keep my fingers crossed for successful ID.

Tall Ironweed (Veronica alyissima)

I found this wildflower along a trail at Highbanks Metro Park in an area with tall grasses. It caught my eye because the flower parts look so dynamic. I didn’t expect to ID this one. It was definitely fun to try!

Pasture Thistle (Cirsium muticum)

I found this beauty along a trail at Highbanks, lots of tall grasses and fields/meadow. I really like how pretty this flower is, it makes me think of a pineapple with purple hair . 🙂

Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)

Found again…at Highbanks Metro Park, along the same trail…tall grasses 🙂 This is a member of the Fabaceae family, I was super surprised, of all familys…the pea and beans?! Beautiful!

Tall Blue Lettuce (Lactuca biennis)

I was really happy when i found this cute little guy sticking out of the weeds along the trail at Highbanks Metro Park. Upon further inspection, I definitely did NOT suspect this to be a member of the Asteraceae family!