Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Brooklyn's fungi and flora

I should have been a bit more observant last month. I know I could have found more flowers - asters, especially.

But by losing out on blooms I am able to paint a broader picture of what October looked like from a natural perspective in this most populous of boroughs (2.6 million, since you ask. New York City's population is about 8.5 million altogether).

1st Row: Persicaria sp. (smartweed), at the beginning and end of October, same patch in Green-wood; beautyberry (Callicarpa americana), Congress Street.
2nd Row: Hen of the woods (Grifola frondosa), blewits (Clitocybe nuda), both at Green-wood; blue wood aster (Symphiotrychum cordifolium) in Prospect Park.
3rd Row: Snakeroot (Ageratina altissima), Solidago caesia, jewelweed seed bombs (Impatiens capensis), all in the Midwood in Prospect Park, aka Litter Mob Land.
4th Row: Clematis seeds (Clematis virginiana, I think), BBG; Bayberry (Myrica pensylvanica) and an oak - (what kind?) at Pier One.

Here are previous botanical lookbacks:



  1. 2.6 million! You did say 2.6 million?

    I live in a village in Scotland with 160 people. Yet when I look at your photographs of your environment maybe we have a lot more in common than one might think. Lovely post

  2. I love your botanical lookbacks -- a beautiful way to summarize one aspect of the month!

  3. Great images, thanks. Hmmmm. Could be Shumard's oak (Quercus shumardii) but think its more likely to be a scarlet oak (Quercus coccinea)...what do you think? Am I close? :)


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