Saturday, June 4, 2016

A Diamond in the Rough

Known as Diamond Clarkia, and possibly many other common names, Clarkia rhomboidea was abundant in the "rough" at the edges of the trail I hiked this afternoon.  The generic name is after William Clark of the Lewis and Clark expedition, and the species name is based on the overall flower shape, a rhombus, or more popularly known as a diamond.  I have never seen an actual diamond in that shape except in a deck of cards.  Nearby was another species of Clarkia, commonly known as Farewell-to-Spring.  I'll dig through my digital extravaganza to find an image of it.  I'm pretty sure I took a few photos of it on this same hike, although I was so hot and dry, I might have been hallucinating.

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