5 petalled bright yellow flower, solid coloured, petals distinctly individually spaced radially. Closed flower head resembles a spiny green pea sized orb, the spines made up of the old stames, still with tiny yellow heads on the top of each stamen. Has two leaf formations, both are visible in photo. The more serrated deeply lobed leaves grow off the main stem and higher up.
See Carkeek Park Journal entry for context (June 3, 2012).
These were flowering or had just finished flowering. The closer to the base of the plant (aka the older the leaves got), the more rounded the overall shape of the leaves got. I wonder why that is?
for context, please see daily account for Carkeek Park on 4/8. the largeleaf avens was an extremely common plant in the understory of the areas i was walking around the park. there was also a lot of stinky bob and what i think was bracken fern (and maybe some lady fern) characterizing the understory as well. the largeleaf avens was not flowering at this time.
Cute little flower that has a silky coated touch to it. I think it is interesting how some face straight up to the sky (like the one deep in the photo) and how others face sideways (like the one in the front).
looks like a buttercup, but isn't.
This forb was found along the trail in moderate occurrence. The western colt's foot was far more abundant, but of course, I don't know what this one is or if it's invasive. The flowers has rounded petals and also small round spiked orbs-i'm guessing this will turn into a flower. I made a sketch of the orb in my field notebook.
Geum macrophyllum, commonly known as largeleaf avens, is a flowering plant found from the Arctic south to the northern U.S. states, and in the Rocky Mountains and west to the Sierra Nevada in California and as far south as Northwestern Mexico.