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Red deadnettle (Lamium purpureum) Lamium purpureum

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ssanborn

Date

April 22, 2012

Description

This was found at the entrance to Ravenna Park from 20th. It has heart shaped leaves with rounded dentate ends. The leaves are fuzzy and transition from green to purple/maroon from the bottom to the top. There are small light purple flowers blooming that are hard to describe. They have a petal or two that seems to shelter the rest of the flower, and an entrance with two small lines on an upside-down heart shape petal. I have seen these around campus and at Center for Urban Horticulture. I found three full grown ones surrounded by grass and under a tree.

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Genus Pinus Genus Pinus

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ssanborn

Date

April 22, 2012

Description

I found this tree, but it was difficult to try to identify it. The needles were only at the top of the tree and I could not see any cones on the ground. The bark is very grooved and I suspect it may be some kind of pine tree. I can tell that the needles are no longer than an inch or two. I included a picture of a cone, but I am not exactly sure if this cone goes to that tree. It was found at the base of the tree.

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Orb-Web Spiders Family Araneidae

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ssanborn

Date

April 22, 2012

Description

At the entrance to Ravenna Park I saw this miraculous spiderweb. The web is what you might consider a traditional web, very circular. I took a picture where you can start to see the spider and bits of the web, but it was difficult to get a picture of the web or for my camera to focus on the spider. The spider is in the middle of the web.

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Dull Oregon grape Mahonia nervosa

Observer

ssanborn

Date

April 22, 2012

Description

Dull Oregon Grape found at entrance to Ravenna Park. Some of the stalks had red leaves while others had green leaves. I believe these are two different plants, but I think they are both Dull Oregon Grape. The red leaves troubled me a bit, but after some research I learned that the Dull Oregon Grape's leaves will turn red in the winter, and I think that is what happened here. The leaves have pointed ridged sides, are opposite of each other and there are between 9-19 leaflets on each stalk.

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Daisy Bellis perennis

Observer

ssanborn

Date

April 22, 2012

Description

Beautiful small white flowers near Ravenna Park. These flowers were less than three inches tall, if that. Found in a grassy area, about 5-10 bunches of daisies in that area. The leaves are very smooth and rounded. I see these small flowers everywhere!

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Genus Juniperus Genus Juniperus

Observer

ssanborn

Date

April 22, 2012

Description

I found an interesting tree along the road. It is very tall, at least taller than a three story house. Seems like maybe it could be a cedar, but I am not sure. I tried using my guidebook to identify it, but could not find it. It has very small cones and spiky scale-like leaves.

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moneyplant (Lunaria annua) Lunaria annua

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ssanborn

Date

April 22, 2012

Description

Small plant only about a foot tall under a thick shrub. It has purple flowers that have four petals and a lighter purple or whitish center, but the color change is gradual not distinct. The very center of the flower is yellow. The leaves are heart-shaped and dentated. The stems are fuzzy. While this plant was near several houses it did not seem taken care for or purposefully planted.

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