SOME LATE SUMMER 2021
BOTANICAL WONDERS 

A frost lichen (genus Physconia), a shadow lichen (Phaeophyscia)
and lemon lichen (Candelaria concolor)

scouring-rush (Equisetum hyemale)
Equisetaceae, the horsetail family
September 29, 2021 at Waldo (wherever that is), Marion County

Lady’s tresses (Spiranthes sp.)
Orchidaceae, the orchid family
September 28, 2021 at Delaware County

Prairie peatmoss (Sphagnum palustre)
Sphagnaceae, the pesatmoss family
September 26, 2021 at Lake County

Pasture thistle (Cirsium discolor)
Asteraceae, the aster family
September 19, 2021 as a reclaimed surface mine in Hocking County

It’s “small flat moss,” Pseudotaxiphyllum, elegans.
The distinguishing trait is a very small-scale feature best seen through a microscope
–clusters of asexual brood bodies in the axils of leaves along the stems.
It was seen September 18, 2021 southern Ohio’s Hocking County.

smooth hornwort (Phaeoceros laevis)
September 13, 2021, Athens County

shrubby cinquefoil (Dasyphora fruticosa)
Rosaceae, the rose family
September 12, 2021 at Cedar Bog (that isn’t a bog), Champaign County

A close view of a store-bought raspberry, which is an aggregate of drupelets,
shows the remnants of the styles.

Wavy-leaved broom moss (Dicranum polysetum) and common broom moss (D. scoparium)
Dicranaceae, the broom moss family
September 6, 2021 in a pine woods in Hocking County

American Dittany (Cunila origanoides)
Lamiaceae, the mint family
August 29, 2021 at Lake Hope State Park, Vinton County

Netted chain fern (Woodwardia areolata)
Blechnaceae, the chain fern family
August 29, 2021 at Lake Hope State Park, Vinton County

Roundstem foxglove (Agalinis gattingeri)
Orobanchaceae, the broomrape family
August 27, 2021 Delaware County.

Obedient Plant (Physostegia virginiana)
Lamiaceae, the mint family
August 21, 2021 at Seibenthaller Fen, Greene County

 

Shrubby Cinquefoil (Dasyphora fruticosa
Rosaceae, the rose family
August 21, 2021 at Seibenthaller fen, Greene County.