Flowers and Fruits
On the early eve of September 10, 2019, when temperatures blazed a warm 90°F, I took my bike up the Olentangy Bike Trail, north of Lane Avenue near Tuttle Park to identify some flowers and fruits. [Template: I=Scientific name, II=plant description, III=location, IV=inflorescence type, V=comments]
Flower 1: White Snakeroot
I. Ageratina altissima
II. Actinomorphic, toothed opposite leaves, 5 petals, 5 sepals, 5 fused anthers, 2 fused ovaries, epygynous, syncarpous.
III. Found on the Olentangy Bike Trail, across from Tuttle Swimming Pool.
IV. Inflorescence is a head/capitulum.
V. The “fluffiness” of this flower caught my eye and it was very abundant along the trail.
Flower 2: Jumpseed
I. Periscaria virginiana
II. Actinomorphic, broad opposite leaves, 4 petals, 4 sepals, 4 stamens, hypogynous, syncarpous.
III. Found right next to the white snakeroot, above.
IV. Inflorescence is a raceme.
V. While hard to distinguish from white snakeroot while zooming by on a bike, I liked the “droopier” look of these flowers.
Flower 3: Evening-primrose
I. Oenthera biennis
II. Actinomorphic, 4 petals, 4 sepals, 4 stamens, 4 united carpels, epygynous. Family: Onograceae
III. Found at the Lane Avenue bike entrance to the trail.
IV. Inflorescence is a spike.
V. These were everywhere on the trail, and were very vibrant!
Flower 4: Wild Carrot
I. Daucus carota
II. Actinomorphic, 5 petals, 5 sepals, 5 stamens, 2 fused carpels, inferior ovary. Family: Apiaceae
III. Found all along the Olentangy Bike trail. It’s everywhere.
IV. Inflorescence is a compound umbel.
V. Who doesn’t love Queen Anne’s Lace?
Fruit 1: Cow Parsnip
I. Heracleum sphyondylium
II. Actinomorphic, 5 petals, 5 sepals, 5 stamens, 2 united carpels, epygynous, syncarpous. Fruit type: Schizocarp.
III. Found down the bike trail across from some deer!
IV. Inflorescence is an umbel.
V. This plant really stood out from all the green foliage, and it stood about 5 feet tall.
Fruit 2: White avens
I. Geum canadense
II. Actinomorphic, 5 petals, 5 sepals, numerous anthers and carpels, perigynous, carpels form a cluster. Fruit type: Aggregate.
III. Found on trail near white snakeroot.
IV. Inflorescence is capitulum/head.
V. While the pictures are a bit blurry, the fruit was textured/spiky.
Fruit 3: Amur/Bush Honeysuckle
I. Lonicera maackii
II. Bilateral symmetry, 2-lipped flower with 5 petals, 5 sepals, 5 stamens, epygynous, syncarpous. Fruit type: berry.
III. Found headed south on the trail before Tuttle pool.
IV. Inflorescence is capitulum/head, but flowers/berries grow in pairs.
V. This was the first plant I saw that seemed to have a more “traditional” fruit. As fall continues, the berries will turn red.
Fruit 4: Guelder-rose
I. Viburnum opulus
II. Actinomorphic, 5 petals, 5 sepals, 5 stamens, syncarpous, hypogynous. Fruit type: drupe.
III. I was surprised to find this fruit a little bit off the trail near Tuttle Park. I only saw it in one spot.
IV. Inflorescence is a capitulum.
V. These drupes were so bright and fruit-like, I had to include them.