Saturday, May 17, 2014
Along the path to work
A case in point: the Woodland Star is a Saxifrage, as is the Indian Rhubarb pictured here recently. This is unremarkable to the botanist who is familiar with the specific characteristics that place them in the same family. However, the casual observer who doesn't know these things has the advantage of the sense of wonder. Even though I have a biology background, I am still struck with wonder when I think about the Buttercup family (coming up), Ranunculaceae. It includes not only the buttercups, of which there are many different species, but also the Larkspur, Columbine, and Monkshood, among other iconic flower garden standards.