June 23, 2014 at 5:40 am (botany)
Tags: common blue-eyed grass, Mayslake, penny cress, river bulrush, Scirpus fluviatilis, Sisyrinchium albidum, Thlaspi arvense
by Carl Strang
Plants develop so quickly in such diversity that it is easy to miss the less conspicuous stages in their growth. Blue-eyed grass attracts the eye when it is blooming, but what does it do after?
This is one of the earliest-blooming prairie plants. They’ve been done for weeks now.
Though less showy, the developing fruits form an interesting cluster of spherical shapes.
This spring also has provided a rare look at what river bulrush looks like when it is flowering.
Most of the time this plant with its large soft triangular stems makes do spreading vegetatively. A cluster of stems in Mayslake Forest Preserve’s stream corridor marsh decided to bloom this year.
Here’s an annual to finish today’s review.
Penny cress already is done and senescent, the seeds showing through these backlit pods.
When blooming it looked like this, with typical 4-petaled mustard family flowers.
I have a list. I hope to provide more photos of what plants do when they are done flowering.