Botany: field identification of plants: a fresh set of eyes identifies pepper-grass

Self-tutoring about plant identification: the tutor reveals a tough ID, made with a fresh set of eyes.

Possibly two years ago, I began noticing a tough plant with a thick stem and disc-like fruits that look like smooth, round leaves. The fruits got my attention, since they’re so well formed. They’re typically 3mm to 4mm across.

I looked through the guide and found pepper-grass, both tall and prairie, might resemble what I’d found. Yet, I wasn’t sure. Truly, I wasn’t observing carefully enough to make the positive ID.

Yesterday I browsed through the guide, wondering about returning to field plant identification (it’s been awhile). I noticed pepper-grass and, recalling my curiosity about it, read carefully its characteristics. Today, I saw some of the plant, and recalled my reading from yesterday: its flowers are at the end, but easy to miss, being around 1mm and white. Its leaves are alternate, and its disc-like fruits each has a distinct seam.

The last few times I read the guide, I just didn’t read those details carefully enough, or even recall them.

I mention in my post from October 16, 2017 how informative a fresh set of eyes can be. Today reconfirms it.

Source:

Pojar, Jim and Andy MacKinnon: Plants of Coastal British Columbia. Vancouver: BC Ministry of Forests and Lone Pine Publishing, 1994.

Jack of Oracle Tutoring by Jack and Diane, Campbell River, BC.

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