Botany for Birders and Butterfliers


Botany for Birders and Butterfliers

Botany anyone? Feel free to post your images and discussions about Maritime flora here. Knowing more about botany is naturally an asset for any naturalist and will definitely help with both Birding and Butterflying (and more), as well as helping to deepen one's appreciation for our natural surroundings. I am no expert botanist, but I know there are many folks here that will certainly help narrow down some of the IDs and we have contacts that can help solve many floral mysteries...

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ID help requested (answered: Glaux maritima)

Started by Ken MacIntosh. Last reply by Ken MacIntosh Jun 26. 8 Replies

Who recognizes this plant found in a fairly dry sphagnum bog in PEI?…Continue

Cornus alternifolia flower

Started by Rod Lutes Jun 23. 0 Replies

A couple of pics of our native Cornus alternifolia, Alternate-leaved Dogwood.  This is an small understory tree used to part shade or full shade.  The leaves turn a nice reddish/purple in the fall.…Continue

wild flower yellow - ID please JUNE 7,2018

Started by Tom Finck. Last reply by Tom Finck Jun 11. 2 Replies

Moncton - has anyone…Continue

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Comment by RALPH ELDRIDGE on October 4, 2017 at 8:30am

Thank you both.

With name in hand I quickly found images that prompted my memory.

Although I don't recall ever hearing its name, I do recall this plant in its upright stature, generally tangled and occasionally in bloom.

The pictured plant was extending horizontally and solitary so that I didn't make a connection.

Incidentally, this particular plant is one of a couple new-growth plants growing where the huge short-lived sign was erected at the Saint George Marsh.

I suspect that they are a produce of the import of fill for the sign's foundation.

Comment by Rod Lutes on October 4, 2017 at 8:05am

Ralph - looks like Clematis seeds, probably from our native Clematis virginiana.

Comment by Suzanne Bonnell on October 4, 2017 at 8:04am

Try Virginia clematis - creamy white flowers when in bloom - vine

Comment by RALPH ELDRIDGE on October 3, 2017 at 11:59pm

My botany barely extends to separating  carrots from onions so here's a new plant for me.

Comment by Robert Shortall on January 14, 2016 at 4:48pm

I give porcupines free range on my woodlots. I think that where they chew the bark and the odd time kill a lot if not all the tree, that insect will come and that is food for the woodpecker population on the woodlot. Any opinions on this theory?

Comment by Robert Shortall on January 14, 2016 at 4:43pm

Comment by Joanne Savage on July 4, 2014 at 9:27pm

I think you are correct Debbie. I was perplexed for a while re Yellow Rattlebox on a birding outing with a friend but she has a simple to use flower book in her vehicle [an Audubon that has flowers in divisions of colour; ID was easy-peasy. No doubt, with that book there are many species not included and one cannot see the structure of the whole plant, but no coding was necessary.

Comment by Deb M on July 4, 2014 at 9:16pm

I don't see where to post as a discussion...

I figured it out though. It's Comfrey!

Comment by Ken MacIntosh on July 4, 2014 at 9:14pm

Hi Debbie, The best guess I have for you is Monkey Flower (Mimulus ringens) but I'm not sure from your photo if that is close. Does it have square stems? Maybe you could repost this as a discussion, as I don't see a way for people to reply to your comment. Let me know what you think of these images.

Comment by Deb M on July 2, 2014 at 9:25pm

For three years I've been trying to find out what this bush/flower is. It grows at least to my waist, flowers into these purple bell-like blossoms and then spreads out ...collapses. Like something big fell into the center of it. And then another one grows. Help!


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