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|This is Wood Anemone (Anemone quinquefolia), a spring wildflower, i had not known before. Thanks to naturalist Martha Gach, for introducing me to this species. I found and photographed this flower at Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Worcester. No idea about the ID of that small black fly. Any help?|
Wood Anemone is a tiny flower, generally 2 cm in diameter.
When i took this photograph, i took it neither looking through the view-finder, nor looking at the screen. The flower was in such a position that my camera only could reach there, not me! :)
And that reminds me of my another shot .. taken long time back.. in 2010. In that case also i happened to end up with a fly (hoverfly) on the flower!
Well, seems.. there are few things that keep on repeating ;)
Lets come back to the species now.
Wood Anemone (Anemone quinquefolia), also known as Nightcaps or Twoleaf Anemone, "is found in most of the eastern United States, ranging further west - to the Dakotas - in the northern part of the range, and even as far west as Alberta in Canada. There are two varieties recognized by Flora of North America - var. minima is found only in NC, TN, VA, and WV, and var. quinquefolia, the widely ranging variety."
"The solitary flower of Wood Anemone usually has 4 to 6 (usually 5) white petal-like sepals, although they may rarely be pink or tinged with pink or blue. It will have 30 to 60 stamens. While the flower is similar to that of Rue Anemone (Thalictrum thalictroides), Wood Anemone doesn’t have the distinctive urn-shaped green pistils, and the leaves are usually 3-part, with the lateral leaflets usually deeply lobed, giving the appearance of having 5 leaftlets. The terminal leaflet may also be lobed, but not so deeply as the lateral leaflets."
"Anemone quinquefolia grows from horizontal rhizomes, with vertical shoots between 2 and 12 inches tall. The solitary flower on the vertical shoot grows on a peduncle which may be somewhat hairy."
To sum up..
Family: Buttercup (Ranunculaceae)
Flower color: White, sometimes pink underneath
Flowering Time: April to June
Height: 10-30 cm
Remember, Anemones don't have true petals, but petal-like sepals. Wood anemone may have four to nine sepals; five sepals is most common.
Some plants can have reddish leaves.
'Anemone quinquefolia' has a closely related species, 'Anemone nemorosa', which is native to Europe and also is commonly known as 'Wood Anemone'.
US Wildflowers Database
Connecticut Botanical Society
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