Thursday, August 12, 2010

Roadside Flowers

May I ask the Group Mind: Can you help me identify these common roadside wildflowers from County Cork, Ireland?

13 comments:

Steve said...

Number five looks like purple vetch, sometimes called cow vetch.

:36 said...

3 seems very much like a Fuchsia, an easy I.D. with it's characteristic wasp-waist and heavy black anther lobes/stigma.

In my ignorance I can only guess that 4 could be a mallow, a cranes-bill, or some kind of rose...

Are #s 5 and 10 bell heather and heather, respectively?

7 might be golden-samphire

http://www.irishwildflowers.ie/ seems like a site that could help confirm things for those better versed in wildflowers.

Annelotte Fellinger said...
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Annelotte Fellinger said...

I know these names in Dutch only, so I looked up the latin names:

#1 is Ranunculus arvensis
#3 is fuchsia
#5 is some sort of Vicia (cracca maybe?)
#10 is indeed heather
and #6 might be heather too, but difficult to see (did you collect leaves too? that would make it heaps easier)
#4 some sort of Pelargonium? would have te see the leaves though.

Bookish said...

#1 Buttercup
#3 Fuchsia
#5 Vetch

I wish I knew more about Irish wildflowers!

sarah meredith said...

we have #5 on my farm in upstate NY and have always called it "wild lupine" - but maybe it is vetch, although there is also something on the rosier side with more of a rounded flower which we call vetch. and #4 looks like some kind of wild rose. #10 - heather, to be sure, and #3 does look like a fuchsia - how nice it must be to find that growing wild at the roadside!

meyerprints said...

http://gazettedubonton.blogspot.com/

Don Cox said...

Very hard without the leaves and some idea of the overall shape of the plant.

1.Some kind of buttercup - but there are many flowers with five yellow petals
2.Bog Bean
3.Fuchsia, a garden plant
4.Sweet Pea
5.Tufted vetch
6.
7.Ragwort
8. Tormentil, Potentilla erecta
9.probably gorse or broom
10.heather

Don Cox said...

Good books - there are two both by Fitter and Blamey. Both seem to be out of print but there are lots of used copies of the older one (which I use) on amazon.co.uk

Useful web site.

Kate Higgins said...

#4 looks like a "Wild Irish Rose" but without leaves it's hard to tell, #1 is buttercup..the invasive kind, # 3 is Fuchsia but the perennial kind, not the annual kind and #10 is definitely Heather. I've got relatives in County Cork...somewhere. Although with a name like Kathleen Higgins, I've probably got relatives everywhere in Ireland.

Tyler J said...

So cool that those with the expertise are jumping in, as per usual (it's one of the highlights of this blog, aside from the whole Gurney contribution).

This might be a simpleton question, but have you tried asking at one of the pubs? Seems like there would be an expert enjoying a pint that could tell you loads about the fauna there.

James Gurney said...

Tyler, and all: yes, I'm grateful (and impressed) with all the botanical knowledge behind the comments. Sorry I didn't include more leaves.

I did bring the sketchbook to a pub, but opened it at the wrong angle and all the flowers fell on the dark floor. I gathered them up the best I could and arranged them again. My goal is to glue them down and write in all the names ye have given me.

Leeann H said...

1. Buttercup
2. Heather
3. Fuschia
4. Wild Rose
7. Dandelion
9. Firbush
10. Lavender

The other names escape me, but I hope the rest are right!

- Leeann, County Meath