|Asters and goldenrod|
|Bee and butterfly harvesting goldenrod flowers|
|A pollen collector en route to fertilize another flower|
The genius of the flower, its beauty and collaborations, orchestrates the workshop of seed production. Its integral parts become the seed itself, the packaging, the means of nourishment and dispersal. The alluring petals drop away.
|Seed head of Seaside goldenrod, Solidago sempervirens|
|Flax-leaved stiff-aster Ionactis linariifolia on quarry wall|
|Chipmunk, an ecological agent on the quarry wall|
|White-topped aster, Sericocarpus asteroides|
|Schreber's wood-aster, Eurybia schreberi|
|Heath American-aster, Symphyotrichum ericoides|
If you aim to educate yourself for a comprehensive acquaintance with the asters on Halibut Point you have to roll up your sleeves from a botanist's perspective. You have to come to terms with the lexicon: The pseudanthium, or capitulum, is a special type of inflorescence characteristic of the Asteraceae. The disc flowers in its center are actinomorphic, the ray flowers at its periphery zygomorphic. The whorl of bracts below the pseudanthium forms an involucre.
Then the field is yours.
I believe I have identified sixteen different species at Halibut Point. Perhaps I'll get a friendly challenge to meet in an herbarium or a floriferous pasture. I have backup photos-and a lot to learn.
|New England aster, Symphyotrichum novae-angliae|
|Downy goldenrod, Solidago puberula, against a quarry wall|
|Grass-leaved goldenrod, Euthamia graminifolia|