That makes this species the 537th plant species to be identified here. Despite the inconspicuous flowers, One-seeded Bur Cucumber is a native species that grows large enough to demand notice.
That’s exactly where I found
it. The thicket in question just happens
to be found beside my bird feeding station, not over 30 feet from the house.
sight reminded me that I had seen a seedling plant in this area earlier in the
summer that I dismissed as an errant gourd.
It’s not unusual for a Chipmunk to get hold of some gourd, squash, or
pumpkin seeds from the garden and bury them around the yard.
the Wingstem, the vines made their way up into an apple tree. On these vines, I could see flowers that were
like nothing I’ve ever had in the garden.
I had seen plants like this before, so I was denied the thrill of
working an unknown species through the keys, but it was new for my property and
I was prepared to enjoy getting to know this new arrival.
The dusty film worn by this leaf is caused by
pollen falling from nearby Giant Ragweed.
Everything in the area is taking on a yellow glow.
The plant has already
achieved an elevation of 15 feet and is continuing to ascend.
The male flowers develop in a cluster at the
end of a long stalk. The female flowers
are clustered on a short stalk that keeps them close to the plant stem.
This structure contains the ovary in which
the seed will develop.
Once the seed matures, this outer covering
will dry and the spines will become stiff.
The question I am now pondering is the origin
of the seed from which this plant developed.
Did it arrive from afar in a bag of bird feed? Maybe it originated nearby and traveled here
in the gut of a bird or mammal. It’s
possible that strong storm winds carried the dried fruit aloft and deposited it
beside my house. At least it’s a native
species, so I’m not looking at another alien invasion. Now that it’s here, I’ll just watch it and
see what is next to develop.
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