What a great thread idea!
It really helps to get the old I.D. skills moving again.
Some nice macro shots there buddy
Those Henbit flowers are tiny.
Stop giving away the answers so quick, I want to play too
This is a great way to learn the plants throughout the seasons.
Most books tend to ID the plants off the flowers and you need to use all the features possible to make sure you have correctly identified the plant in
Besides the flowers you have features such as leaf shape, arrangement (how they attach to the stem), hairiness of leaves, vein structure, size of
plant, growth location, etc etc.
If you are going to use these plants be sure to check that each part of the description matches what your book says.
GreenDean makes a great point about how plants will have differing growth habits due to location - there's often great variation just in plants in one
I don;t care for Pawpaw fruit (which are only ripe after they get black and mushy) but if they grow in your yard I'd make a bet that you live very
close to a body of flowing water. Pawpaw flowers in the winter but you rarely notice them because they;re brown. It is a GREAT wood for use with
friction fire sets, possibly the best in our area.
The bark also makes great natural cordage and the leaves are a good bug repellant, they stink but a few around your shelter will help keep bugs at
bay. Burning them in your campfire seems to discourage mosquitoes as well but that one is hard to prove. All around a pretty versatile tree, don't you
I can;t figure out how to embed pictures though. what's the secret?
Great thread idea - we gotta keep this one going.
I dunno if Dean mentions this but Redbud seed pods are only good when young, they get very tough as they age,
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