Kirby Wildflowers in Bloom

Kirby Wildflowers in Bloom: The common name is Crow Poison or False Garlic. You can find this plant throughout most of Texas and it is one of our most abundant and widespread native plants. As a member of the Lily family, the plants have an onion-like bulb. I love the delicate beauty of the flowers of this perennial plant species. The scientific name is Northoscordum bivalve. The first part of the name is Greek: Nothos means false and scordon means garlic! #DoctorBot #LakeKirby



Gordon's Bladderpod

A small wildflower in the mustard family called Gordon's Bladderpod is now the most dominant species in bloom at Kirby. In early spring, when you see a flower with a yellow bloom, chances are you are looking at a mustard! Mustards have flower parts in multiples of 4 and you can see the 4 petals arranged in a cross pattern. Third image shows a population of these small plants along the North Trail. Final image shows the "pod like" nature of the mature fruits. The Mustard family includes a lot of our familiar veggie foods like broccoli, cauliflower, kale, and brussels sprout. #DoctorBot #LakeKirby





Meet Velcro Plant

Meet Velcro Plant. That’s what us botanist types call it. The scientific name is Galium aparine, a member of the coffee family. The “Galium” part is generally translated to mean “catch, cling, or hold onto.” You can see the little hooked hairs on the stems. A stem will stick to your clothing just like velcro. I included the drawing to show what the entire plant looks like. The dried and roasted fruits are considered to be the best coffee substitute in North America. #DoctorBot #LakeKirby




Kirby Elm Trees Before and After

Kirby Elm Trees Before and After: This is a followup to an earlier post about the Elms starting to flower a few weeks ago. Top image is from early February and shows the male and female flower parts in all their glory. Fast forward to mid March and the flowers have been pollinated. Male Elm flowers release their pollen into the wind to drift and land on the female parts of a different flower on the same tree (but hopefully a different tree!) for fertilization. The lower image shows the immature Elm fruits, each containing a single seed. Elm fruits are called samaras, which means “winged seed.” #DoctorBot #LakeKirby


Milfoil or Common Yarrow

You might mistake this plant to be a fern from the appearance of the leaves. This plant does not have flowers yet, but it will in a few weeks. Ferns do not have flowers (they reproduce with spores) so once flowers appeared you would know this is something else. This is Milfoil or Common Yarrow and I spotted it recently along the Kirby Boardwalk. It's a member of the sunflower family and will have white flowers. This is the first year I have seen this species at Kirby. In the first image each of the small segments is actually a leaf. So there are lots of leaves on a single plant! The common name "Milfoil" essentially means "thousand-leaved" to describe the leaves. #DoctorBot #LakeKirby


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