Friday, September 10, 2010

Mornings are glorious!

It's time for a blue-purple morning glory lesson. Why? Because I now know how to tell them apart - most of the time anyway - and soon you will, too! We begin by looking at the leaves.

Ivyleaf Morning Glory Ipomoea Hederacea
Canyon Morning Glory Ipomoea Barbatisepal

Both flowers are very similar in color. Both open in the morning and close by afternoon. Leaves are similar, too. The Ivyleaf usually has 3 'points' on the leaves, but it can have 5. The Canyon Morning Glory leaf always has at least 5 'points'. (This is not the technical term. This is the Anne-Green-quick-and-easy method of flower ID. Suitable for the average 6-year-old.) The leaves of the Canyon MG are often thinner. The Ivyleaf flowers are generally rounder, the Canyon flowers are generally more angular, like a 5-pointed star.

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say these above are Ivyleaf. 
Last, but not least, the Tripleleaf Morning Glory Ipomoea ternifolia
These leaves are VERY slender, flowers are much more purple (to me), and, more importantly, they stay open all day. There are fields of them along the Esperero trail. 

This concludes today's lesson. If you would like any of these photos in a larger size (to check my work, perhaps, or beg to differ), please let me know. amgreenvo at comcast or gmail  Make it a good weekend! (Had some trouble with the font size today. Just ignore it.)

1 comment:

  1. Very informative. If only I can remember all 3...

    We have to discover something new so we can name it after ourselves...