Monday, April 21, 2008

Rue Anemone

Rue Anemone (Anemonella thalictroides)

The are several similar little flowers in the field guides. Jo and I spent a long time online trying to pin down an ID. After several false starts, I think we finally got it correct.

5 to 11 septals and many stamens and pistils ... Check
Septals are pinkish to white ... Check
Upper leaves are in whorls ... Check
Each leave has three rounded lobes ... Check

That the upper leaves come off the stem in whorls and are lobed, but not deeply lobed, eliminated all the other possibilities, but we had not captured this feature in our original photos. We had to hike back into the woods and take more photographs. (Such a sacrifice!) Having more than five septals is also important. The guides say a False Rue Anemone always only has five. If anyone thinks we still don't have the ID right, please say so in the comments. We will gladly stand corrected.

Habitat - Dry open or rocky woods, upland slopes, ridges.

Origin - Native to U.S.



imac said...

All I know is - thats its a great shot.

Playing catchup,
Back from Ireland and sorting photos,but the jars are now revealed.

Anonymous said...

You are the second person to post this flower... I've never seen it... Maybe this spring?

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Beautiful detail in this picture.

Anonymous said...

Ours are pure white; I've never seen one with that tint. Looks right in every other respect, though, so I guess it must be a variant morph or subspecies?

smilnsigh said...

'Anemone.' Beautiful, and a beautiful name too...


Texas Travelers said...

Was it really that hard to hike back and take another look? ;o

I wouldn't walk over 20 miles to see this. ;o

Nice job,


Andree said...

Wow, you really are coming alive! Beautiful photos, Marvin, and a joy to see since we are still brown.

Willard said...

I really like your flower and blossom shots, Marvin!

I could be mistaken, but I think you are correct that this is rue anemone.
We have them here also.

gwen said...

Lovely photo of a very pretty flower. I'd admire your ID skills, Marvin & Jo.