Brassicales, I smite you.

I was looking forward to botany this term, knowing that much time would be spent keying out plants.  Today we started with Brassicaceae and I discovered that the mustard family comes to you straight from the devil.  The nuances were lost on the me the first, second, and third times around.  Finally I arrived at the target genera, and then snippily flipped my pages looking for species right up until the last 30 seconds of class.  I had one gimme of Arabidopsis thaliana which I recognized right away (one would hope).  I’m partnered up again with Kevin who was in my soils lab last term and true to form, when I turned my back, he copied my data down.  Count your own carpels infidel!

I also discovered that my new needle probes are very sharp, sharp enough to go right through your skin.


Plant ID Week One

Chaenomeles speciosa, Common Flowering Quince

Magnolia liliiflora, Lily Magnolia

Magnolia x soulangiana, Saucer Magnolia

Magnolia stellata, Star Magnolia

Osmanthus delavayi, Delavay Osmanthus aka Delavay Tea Olive

Prunus serrulata ‘Mt. Fuji’ aaka ‘Shirotae’, Mt. Fuji Japanese Flowering Cherry

Pyrus calleryana, Callery Pear

Rhododendron ‘Bibiani’

Rhododendron ‘Taurus’

Ribes sanguineum, Red Flowering Currant

Spiraea x arguta, Garland Spirea

Spiraea thunbergii, Thunberg Spirea

Stachyurus praecox, Early Spiketail