pink big flower
Dotted leaves, yellow crotons
Planted near the Castle at Smithsonian Institution. This cultivar is called "Maya".
This cultivar did not have a label, The flowers are white, long, and very pendulous.
Second photo shows two different branches with leaves and inflorescence that I pulled from the same corner. Left: simple leaves, slightly smaller flowers. Right: compound leaves with 5 leaflets, slightly larger flowers.
Plant leaves are smooth and soft. As if one stuffed a really thick Ziploc bag with jelly. The edges of the leaves are also jagged and sharp.
Leaves undulate along the edges but do not make sharp edges. Holes were prevalent due to leaf miners.
Creature is brown and moves in a relatively slow and jerky manner. Legs fall off readily so handle with care. Beyond that, it generally resembles a stick.
In caterpillar stage this insect's brown body is covered in a white fur with two black horn like protrusions at both ends of it's body.
Habitat: Found on a leaf growing on one of the lower branches of a Mongolian Oak tree. The branch faced directly towards the Anacostia River, and was the lowerest branch to face this direction.
Observations: Very small, <1mm. Small black head. Black and grey body.
Habitat: Found on a leaf of a Mongolian Oak tree. The leaf was on one of the lowest branches, facing upstream in reference to the Anacostia River.
Observations: Small black head. Yellow-White body. About 1mm in length.
Habitat: On an oak leaf deep in the forest of the arboretum. I entered the forest from the small parking lot where the foot trail begins, and walked west until I came to this location.
Observations: long legs curved at the end with joints. Narrow, slim upper body. Thick lower body. Triangular head.
Habitat: A small clearing along the riverside in an otherwise densely forested area. Tree stands alone to the right of a dock extending out into the Anacostia river.
Observations: Leaves long and lobed. Leaf color ranges from red-brown to dark green. Leaves tough and leathery. Leaf lobes end in "teethed" points.