Some of the friends of Ned got together for a Ned-led nature walk on Mt. Lemmon on 7/27/2016. Fortunately, Marty brought his camera : -) I brought the indispensable guide Mountain Wildflowers of Southern Arizona by Frank S. Rose. (If you don't already have this book, I urge you to pick up a copy. It really is the best for the flowers of our area mountains.) I'll start Mt. Lemmon Week with some male flowers.
|Photo by Marty Horowitz 7/27/2016|
This plant is Fendler's meadow-rue (Thalictrum fendleri) (pg. 155 in Rose), specifically, the male version. Yes, this plant is dioecious, i.e., male flowers and female flowers are on separate plants. Nifty. And relatively uncommon in the plant world. The flowers of the female version of Fendler's meadow-rue aren't as stricking. I'm certain I missed them entirely on this nature walk, there was so much to look at! I even managed to identify some birds as - that's right - birds. Tune in tomorrow for details.