Flower hunting fun weekend:)

This weekend I took an adventure to South Chagrin Reserve, close to where my family lives, I always used to go on long hikes with my puppy Bella and was eager to return when visiting my hometown and family this past weekend. While on this hunt for flowers it made me really appreciate all the little details and life thriving in those woods. I couldn’t believe all the pretty flowers that I found that were right in front of this whole time, I just need to pay more attention to all the beautiful nature around me when I hike. I had a very nice journey through the woods and along the river finding flowers and it was an amazing weekend (thankfully with perfect sunny weather and blue skies) ! I hope you enjoy all the pretty wildflowers I found along our adventure:)

Flower #1

 

This flower was found here:  South Chagrin Reserve by Cleveland by the river path

Common name: Wild geranium or spotted cranesbill Scientific name: Geranium maculatum

Corolla:  number of petals  5    separate or  fused?  Separate

Calyx:    number of sepals  5     separate or fused? Separate

Adroecium: number of stamens 10, separate and attached between petals and the pistil

Gynoecium type: Syncarpous,  5 carpels

Flower type/ovary position:  Hypogynous

Flower symmetry: Actinomorphic (regular) 

Additional distinctive features: Has purple petals and exhibits protandry

Flower #2

This flower was found here: South Chagrin Reserve by Cleveland by the river path

Common name: Ground Ivy  Scientific name: Glechoma hederacea

Corolla:  number of petals  2    separate or  fused? Fused (looks like 4)

Calyx:    number of sepals  5    separate or fused? Fused

Adroecium: number of stamens __4 (2 long, 2 short) Separate

Gynoecium type: Syncarpous (and # of carpels =_2_)

Flower type/ovary position: Hypogynous

Flower symmetry:  Zygomorphic (irregular)

Additional distinctive features: Pretty purple color petal with dark purple dots,  with thick spiraling leaves

Flower #3

This flower was found here:  South Chagrin Reserve by Cleveland by the river path

Common name: Rough Cinquefoil  Scientific name: Potentilla robbinsiana

Corolla:  number of petals 5   separate or  fused?  Separate

Calyx:    number of sepals 10   separate or fused?  Separate

Adroecium: number of stamens 24, separate with large anthers

Gynoecium type:  Apocarpous with very many carpels that were hard to count ( more than 25) and were multi-chambered

Flower type/ovary position: Perigynous 

Flower symmetry: Actinomorphic (regular) 

Additional distinctive features: Pretty bright yellow colored petals and very fuzzy

Flower #4

This flower was found here: in South Chagrin Reserve by Cleveland

Common name: Toothwart  Scientific name: Dentaria diphylla

Corolla:  number of petals  4  separate or  fused?   Separate

Calyx:    number of sepals 4   separate or fused?   Separate

Adroecium: number of stamens 6, separate

Gynoecium type: Unicarpellate (and # of carpels =__2_)

Flower type/ovary position: Hypogynous

Flower symmetry:  actinomorphic (regular)

Additional distinctive features: White in color, long pretty petals

Flower #5

 

This flower was found here : in South Chagrin Reserve by Cleveland along the river path

Common name: Marsh yellow Cress  Scientific name: Rorippa slandica

Corolla:  number of petals 4  separate or  fused? Separate

Calyx:    number of sepals 6 separate or fused? Separate

Adroecium: number of stamens 6, separate (fused at receptacle)

Gynoecium type: Unicarpellate (and # of carpels =_1_)

Flower type/ovary position: Hypogynous

Flower symmetry: Actinomorphic (regular) 

Additional distinctive features: Very bright yellow pretty color, bunched more closely together then other flowers

Flower #6

 

This flower was found here: in South Chagrin Reserve by Cleveland along the river path

Common name: Dame’s Violet  Scientific name: Hesperis matronalis

Corolla:  number of petals 4  separate or  fused? Separate

Calyx:    number of sepals  4  separate or fused?  Separate (2 pairs)

Adroecium: number of stamens 6, separate (into 2 groups)

Gynoecium type:  Syncarpous (and # of carpels =__2__) There were two rows of seeds fused together

Flower type/ovary position: Epigynous

Flower symmetry: Actinomorphic (regular) 

Additional distinctive features: Bright purple in color and alternating leaves

Flower #7

This flower was found here: in South Chagrin Reserve by Cleveland along the river path

Common name: Sweet white violet  Scientific name: Viola blanda

Corolla:  number of petals  5  separate or  fused? Separate

Calyx:    number of sepals  5 separate or fused? Separate

Adroecium: number of stamens 5, separate (attach at base of carpel)

Gynoecium type: Unicarpellate (and # of carpels =_1_)

Flower type/ovary position: Hypogynous

Flower symmetry: Zygomorphic (irregular)

Additional distinctive features: Beautiful silky white petals, with some purple highlights towards the middle

Flower #8

This flower was found here: in South Chagrin Reserve by Cleveland along the river path

Common name: Mouse-ear chickweed Scientific name: Cerastium vulgatum

Corolla:  number of petals  5 separate or  fused? Separate and lobed

Calyx:    number of sepals 5 separate or fused? Separate and fuzzy

Adroecium: number of stamens 10, separate 

Gynoecium type:  Syncarpous (and # of carpels =_5_) multiple rows of seeds and special fusing

Flower type/ovary position: Hypogynous

Flower symmetry: Actinomorphic (regular) 

Additional distinctive features:  Appears to be fuzzy and white colored petals