Bad photo! Sorry! Pretty sure this is some sort of cultivated escapee growing at the shoreline near Mason Neck. Leaves alternate, fuzzy stem, flower about an inch across, and older stamens on the plant suggest that it also produces five-petaled flowers.
Common Five-lined Skink, Plestiodon fasciatus (Linnaeus, 1758). Juvenile. Mason Neck State Park, Lorton, Virginia, USA. Photo by David L. Govoni ©2014.
Virginia DGIF: www.dgif.virginia.gov/wildlife/information/?s=030004
Virginia Herpetological Society: www.virginiaherpetologicalsociety.com/reptiles/lizards/li...
Two amplexing individuals with two sattelite males calling from a nearby rock. My backyard pond
At Occoquan National Wildlife Refuge near the shore in a weedy area land side of the path.
Leaves 1 1/2 inches long by 3/4 inches across. Green on top and silvery-green/white underneath. Lovely sheen on the underside! Leave spiral or alternately arranged on the stems.
Flowers have a faint perfume-like scent. They are tiny, tubular and have four petals at the tips. Each flower is 1/2 inch long and 3/8 inch across the diameter. Flowers clustered at the connection between leaves and the branch.
Small tree or large shrub growth habit. Found on the edge of an urban forest. (42 acres). It is unknown if they persist within the understory.
Forested area has beech, tulip poplar, pine, dogwood, redbud, and maple.
Per interpretive sign
Per interpretive sign at base
Shrubby tree growing next to holly
First osprey of the year.
A small cloud of ground bees investigating the sand in the early spring sun.