The tutor is glad to offer a botany post.
The past school year, I walked home most weekdays from my wife’s work after dropping the kids at their school, then delivering the car back to her. (She works at a school, but not theirs.) During those walks, rain or shine, I had the opportunity of noticing various plants in the weedy margin of the school field, in vacant lots, or just along the road. From the field guide, and perhaps with the help of the internet, I would identify those plants, then write posts about them. You can find those posts under the botany or lifestyle categories in the sidebar.
My regular readers, of course, already know what I’ve just explained. However, I do so to offer perspective. When you follow a pastime, then your lifestyle changes, your pursuit of that pastime likely will as well.
With my family home for the summer, I haven’t been dropping anyone off anywhere, or leaving the house much. Therefore, I haven’t been seeing many new plants to identify and share. However, I’ve noticed one lately, and I’m glad to talk about it: I believe it’s sulphur cinquefoil.
Sulphur cinquefoil comes from Eurasia, but is well established throughout North America except in the very cold regions. Not being native, it’s not in my guide; I had to find it on the internet from a description search.
Sulphur cinquefoil flowers are five-petaled; the petals are notched, so each may appear to be two. The flowers appear as terminal clusters, although the one I studied isn’t flowering all at once; many blooms are coming, but only a few are open right now, about one per bunch.
The flowers are noticeable from across a field: they are pale yellow, perhaps sulphur-coloured. No other plant around here has flowers that color. The flower center is yellow as well.
On the plant I observed, the leaves are toothed, but not pointed; they are thinly oval. The plant might be around 50cm tall. It’s got several neighbors; they are at the edge of an athletic field. There is another colony more or less opposite.
I can’t recall seeing sulphur cinquefoil before now.
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