Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Two Mallows

Photo by Fred Heath 12/11/2013

Photo by Fred, hand by Anne  12/11/2013

On Ned's Nature Walk, Fred showed us a number of Mallow family plants he had found by using Debbie's detailed notes. First up, Bladder Mallow (Herrisantia crispa) leaves (top photo) and dried fruit. Click on the link for photos of the flower.

Photo by Marty Horowitz 12/11/2013 (again, Anne's hand)

This is one of the four species of Indian Mallow (Abutilon) in the canyon; specifically Abutilon reventum. This plant was broken at the top, but is still growing. The leaves are large and very soft. Note the developing fruit next to the dried fruit I'm holding. This plant is in the riparian area above the dam, upstream, past the hummingbird feeder tree, but on the same side of the creek. Come out on one of Ned's Nature walks and we'll show you!

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