Sunday, April 17, 2011
A Diversity of Leaves
From the top: Sticky Cinquefoil, Low Phacelia, and three views of Miniature Miner's Lettuce. Since there aren't many species of flowers blooming yet, I've taken to enjoying the diversity of leaves. And that includes pine and fir needles. The Miner's Lettuce fascinates because it can take on so many different looks according to specific habitat and stage of growth. The first photo of Miner's Lettuce shows a typical lush mat of the stuff, and both types of leaves are apparent. The heart-shaped ones do not grow flowers, and the ones that circle the stems usually do so immediately below the flowers. For that trait, the larger species is named Claytonia perfoliata. This one is Claytonia parviflora. The middle of the three photos accentuates that perfoliate condition. The bottom photo gives what I'd imagine to be an ant's or ladybug's view. Miner's Lettuce is pretty tasty and allegedly is high in Vitamin C.