05 May, 2024

Ficaria Verna Description

F. verna (Lesser Celandine) is commonly seen as a weed. It is a member of the Ranunculaceae family, who's plants often contain poisons. F. verna is no exception.

F. verna is a simple plant to identify with many features being easily recognisable over similar plants. The plant often prefers damp environments, sometimes carpeting woodland forest floors. The plant can also be observed on the banks of streams, gardens and roadsides and often prefers a bit of shade.

The first sign of the plant is the basal leaves. The flower buds emerge quickly after.

Similar plants include: Caltha palustris

STEMS
Green in colour, red in early growth. Glabrous.

LEAVES
Leaves basal. Petiole hidden beneath dense foliage1. Elliptical to broadly elliptical, rotund in early growth2. Apex obtuse-rounded. Base cordate, notched near base2. Veins palmate netted, cross venulate. Glabrous. Margins slightly crenate.
Variegation close to margin on the blade; blotched. Variegation spots ± equal distance from one another, distance shortens approaching base2. Variegation can be inconspicuous1.

FLOWERS
6-10 petals(more examination required), yellow and orange closer to the receptacle. Underside of petals have red streaks during early growth. Many stamen, displaying a yellow colour slightly darker than of the petals. Many carpels, green. 3 sepals; white-pale yellow at base and green nearer apex3.

Gallery:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/213175720
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/213175707
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/154579743
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/151398282

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04 May, 2024

Primula Vulgaris Description

P. Vulgaris (Common Primrose) is an iconic plant for many as its beauty is often quite captivating. It is often grown in cultivation due to the ease of management.

The associated habitats of the plant are areas which are moist but drained. Riparian zones are usually hotspots and they can also be found in upland areas frequently.

The first signs of Primula Vulgaris are their basal leaves. In fact, the plant only grows basal leaves- no stem leaves. Buds often emerge quickly after the leaves do.

STEM
Red to green, dense hairs1,3.

LEAVES
Form basal rosette.
Oblong-obovate, apex rounded. Can vary depending on growth conditions2. Margin crenate, revolute. Veins pinnately netted, cross venulate.
Top surface: lamina minutely pubescent, pubescent on midrib. Bottom surface: pubescent, especially along veins & midrib.

FLOWERS
Pentamerous. Calyx green, fused, pubescent. Petals pale yellow and orange near throat3, minutely pubescent4. Petals notched near apex. Fused corolla. Heterostylous.

Gallery:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/163360263
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/213175743

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