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Fabulous Fabaceae

May 14, 2010
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Still working ridiculous hours, still not allowed to throw plants at customers, so you get another ‘Look What’s Blooming’ post. More intelligent content might follow in a week or two.

Bush Vetch (Vicia sepium)

I’ve got a few more intelligent posts planned out in my head, but actually writing them takes more time and energy than I have right now.

Common Vetch (Vicia sativa), Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)

Right now, the most I can do is occasionally stop on my way home to take pictures of some wildflowers along the path.

White Clover (Trifolium repens) - one of the few wildflowers I don't like much, after having stepped on I-don't-know-how-many bees in our more-clover-than-grass 'lawn' as a kid.

It seems I always organize my picture-taking by botanical families, too – I start off with one plant and then think, ‘Oh look, this is related -‘ *click* ‘- and this is the same family, too -‘ *click*

Sainfoin (Onobrychis viciifolia)

This time, it’s the Fabaceae, the legume family (or pea family or bean family or whatever you want to call it).

Black Medic (Medicago lupulina)

And even writing these ‘quick’ posts, I learn something. I always assumed Black Medic was a  species of clover (Trifolium), which it’s not, even if it does have three leaflets, like clover. You’d suppose all those Botany classes would have taught me that not everything that looks like clover is clover!

Laburnum (L. anagyroides or L. x watereri, I don't know how to tell them apart)

As for the title… I don’t know if they’re actually all that fabulous, those Fabaceae (although this nitrogen-fixing thing they can do is quite neat), but I tend to use lots of silly alliterations when I’m tired (as I am right now), and can’t think of anything better. And I like alliterations even when I’m not tired, so it stays.

One Comment leave one →
  1. May 15, 2010 00:15

    They still won’t let you throw plants at the customers? Not even little ones? Preposterous.

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