Would there be any interest in botany here? I figured that if there is, it probably belongs in this subforum, athough learning about wild plants is different.
I've been keeping a list of plants as I learn their names. The five I've learned to identify this year aren't scarce or particularly exciting, but since I keep running into them, I figured it would be good to learn their names. My current wildflower guide is "Newcomb's" (I don't have it with me right now); it covers wildflowers in northeastern and north-central United States and nearby Canada.
My Botany professor from back in the 1970s might cringe at this: I'm doing the latin names from memory and might have to come back and edit some of them:
Latin name; Common name; area it's found; botanical family
Agastache scrophulariifolia (Purple Giant Hyssop): Vermont and New York, west to Wisconsion and South dakota, south to NC and Mo; Mint family. (the common name makes me think of the Big Giant Head from "3rd Rock" for some reason)
Acalypha rhomboidea (3-seeded Mercury): Quebec to Minnesota, south to Fla and Texas; Spurge family.
Erigeron canadensis (Horseweed): United States and southern Canada, also tropical America; Composite family Okay- I had this one's name right- sort of. It's recently been re-named Conyza canadensis.
Malva neglecta (Common mallow; cheeses): native to Eurasia and North Africa, now also a weed in North America; mallow family
Peasant (1963-1972) and Fluffy (1970s?-1982- I think of you as 'Ambrose' now)- Your spirits outshone some humans I have known. Be happy forever.