Tuesday, August 30, 2011

A Close-up; Help!

I haven't been able to find this one in my "field guides for dummies" and I'm not sure I'm up to wading through my Jepson. Should be an easy one for a botanist who wanders the roadside ditches. Would love some help with ID. I was wandering through a roadside shoulder where nearly everything was already brown - Teasel, Hypericum, most thistles, grasses, and filarees. The main remaining color was provided by Tansy. Then, in one wet spot there were a few of these pink beauties with fresh, green leaves. As I said in the previous post, it seemed like a little residual spring. I won't give up on identifying it, but I'm sure some botanist can beat me to it. Click on the photo for an even closer view.


  1. I believe it is Polygonum amphibium var. stipulaceum. Common Name Water Smartweed. The botanical drawing in the Yosemite Flora was how I figured it out.

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  2. That appears to be it. Thanks! It wasn't in any of my field guides. Sure is pretty.