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Bob-Lo Wild Flowers
Stem leaves up to 6" and rough to the touch.  Blossom color from tinged with violet to blue, has 30-60 rays and 3/4 to 1" across. Green or purple stem with many translucent soft crooked hairs.  Phyllaries hairless and all green.  Lower phyllaries can be long enough to overtop the upper ones.  This plant grows in damp places.

Note the lines of white hairs going up and down the stem.  The leaves are typical for panicled aster.  The blossoms were atypical having disk flowers with five deep lobes just like calico asters.  This hybridization with A. lateriflorus is not uncommon.

Flowerheads 1/4 to 1/2". Leaves have hairs on midrib.  Stems hairy. The disk flowers are quite big and have five lobes that make them look like miniture 5-petaled flowers.  The ray flowers bend backwards in many cases and number only 9 to 15.  Calico Asters like to grow in clumps at times.
For comparison, in the lower right is a Large-leaved Aster.

Large light blue flowers with long rays. [Aster ciliolatus]
It has hair on the stem and back of the leaves on the midvein.

Image: Hairy Swamp Aster - species puniceus
ID: 2331
Poster: mikewhite
Posted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 8:37 am
View: 156
Rating: Not Rated
Comments: 1
Image: Panicled Aster [lanceolatus]
ID: 2322
Poster: mikewhite
Posted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 8:57 am
View: 164
Rating: Not Rated
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Image: Calico Aster
ID: 2320
Poster: mikewhite
Posted: Mon Sep 01, 2008 8:21 am
View: 153
Rating: Not Rated
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Image: Lindley's Aster
ID: 2319
Poster: mikewhite
Posted: Tue Aug 26, 2008 7:27 pm
View: 182
Rating: Not Rated
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There are two species of daisy fleabane on BBI.  This one has entire leaves & hairs that lay down.  The other has toothed wider leaves & hairs that stick out.  This is Erigeron strigosus.

Common on the beaches of BBI right now.  It is a variant of the Frost or Awl Aster.  The tips of the phyllaries are awl like.  No hairs on the stems and leaves mostly.

Normally This plant has green flowers turning brown with age.  This one is growing in a few inches of water.  I'm guessing that caused the pink color.

There are four or five different species of thistle on BBI.

Image: Lesser Daisy Fleabane
ID: 2318
Poster: mikewhite
Posted: Sun Aug 24, 2008 2:37 pm
View: 157
Rating: Not Rated
Comments: 1
Image: Pringle's Aster
ID: 2317
Poster: mikewhite
Posted: Sun Aug 24, 2008 11:47 am
View: 127
Rating: Not Rated
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Image: Pink Curly Dock
ID: 2316
Poster: mikewhite
Posted: Sat Aug 23, 2008 6:13 pm
View: 145
Rating: Not Rated
Comments: 2
Image: Bull Thistle
ID: 2314
Poster: mikewhite
Posted: Mon Aug 18, 2008 7:49 pm
View: 152
Rating: Not Rated
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This plant only grows close to the lapping waves in sand.  Found at Sand Bay.  It is a mustard.

What you see are the phyllaries of the rayless composite flowers.  The phyllaries are joined into five keels.
The northern most range ends right here on BBI, the only place in the upper peninsula that has them, at Moon Bay.

Note how it is twisted around the grass stem.

There are 3 species of bellflower on BBI.  Harebell, Bedstraw. and Creeping.  Creeping is identified by noting that the Calyx lobes are reflexed (bent back).  Found in my yard.

Image: Sea-rocket
ID: 2310
Poster: mikewhite
Posted: Fri Aug 15, 2008 5:46 pm
View: 153
Rating: Not Rated
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Image: Tuberous Indian Plantain
ID: 2309
Poster: mikewhite
Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 10:36 am
View: 139
Rating: Not Rated
Comments: 1
Image: Hedge Bindweed
ID: 2308
Poster: mikewhite
Posted: Tue Aug 12, 2008 7:38 pm
View: 124
Rating: Not Rated
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Image: Creeping Bellflower
ID: 2288
Poster: mikewhite
Posted: Mon Aug 11, 2008 7:56 am
View: 149
Rating: Not Rated
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Wild parsnip is yellow flowered. This species is white flowered.  It is similar to bulb-bearing water-hemlock.

Going for a triple play here.  The frower is the very rare houghton's goldenrod.  Amazingly, the spider is called a goldenrod crab spider.  The prey is a dorca copper butterfly.

Not too common on BBI.  Found on the powerline North of Sand Bay.

There are a few flowers that have only two petals.  This is one.  Each petal is deeply cleft, giving the appearance of two pairs of two.

Image: Water-parsnip
ID: 2286
Poster: mikewhite
Posted: Thu Aug 07, 2008 6:30 pm
View: 150
Rating: Not Rated
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Image: Houghton's Goldenrod, Goldenrod Crab Spider and Dorcas Copper Butterfly
ID: 2279
Poster: mikewhite
Posted: Tue Aug 05, 2008 6:48 pm
View: 199
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Comments: 2
Image: Deptford Pink
ID: 2278
Poster: mikewhite
Posted: Mon Aug 04, 2008 12:06 pm
View: 163
Rating: Not Rated
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Image: Enchanter's Nightshade
ID: 2277
Poster: mikewhite
Posted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 7:07 am
View: 171
Rating: Not Rated
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Note how the stamens come from outside the flower and arch in over it between two upper lobes that look like ears.

I have probably posted this flower in the past.  It is locally common.  But, a white form is not common.  This was found in a one of a kind fen near Sand Bay.

A very rare thing.  This is a cross between a linear and a round leaved sundew.  [Drosera X anglica]  it is the same as English Sundew except that it is sterile.  The seeds  abort.  Found at Sundew Pond on BBI.

Note that this plant has three leaflets in a leaf.  The previously shown rough-fruited cinquefoil had seven leaflets in a leaf.

Image: Wood-sage
ID: 2264
Poster: mikewhite
Posted: Sat Aug 02, 2008 6:45 pm
View: 146
Rating: Not Rated
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Image: Kalm's Lobelia, white form
ID: 2262
Poster: mikewhite
Posted: Fri Aug 01, 2008 8:18 am
View: 149
Rating: Not Rated
Comments: 1
Image: X anglica
ID: 2259
Poster: mikewhite
Posted: Mon Jul 28, 2008 8:44 pm
View: 188
Rating: Not Rated
Comments: 1
Image: Rough Cinquefoil
ID: 2253
Poster: mikewhite
Posted: Mon Jul 21, 2008 6:55 am
View: 189
Rating: Not Rated
Comments: 1
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