Early edition of photo of the week 6/30

Today my husband and I hunted down some Red mulberry trees for my graduate adviser. She’s been working on a red/white mulberry project over the past couple of years trying to determine the best way to distinguish between true reds and whites versus hybrids. Red mulberry leaves are quite unique; they can be unlobed, single lobed or twice lobed. Below is my best shot of the veination of a Red mulberry leaf. Enjoy!

Morus rubra

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Today I just finished my final field & written exam for my field botany class. It looks like I am starting off on the right foot with my MS degree.

In our class we identified 300 species of plants (including woody & herbaceous vines, herbs and trees). We also memorized family names and fruit types where appropriate. Soon I hope to share with you  my favorites!

Until then enjoy the fun photo from:

 http://armyundecided.blogspot.com/2011/04/back-in-saddle.html

back-in-the-saddle

 

 

Resolved mystery

I finally put a name to a very thorny tree. A few months ago my husband and I took a hike at a National Recreational Area (Land Between the Lakes in Western Kentucky) and I came across this said tree, needless to say I took its picture and stowed its image away in my memory bank. Well today during class I came across another very thorny tree like the one I saw back in the Spring (see image below if you don’t believe how thorny it is).

Today my professor shared its name the Honey locust, Gleditsia triacanthos. It is from the pea family so it produces a pea shaped fruit called a legume. Its legume actually twists right before it opens up to release its seeds.

Its leaves are as unique as the rest of it being bi-pinnately compounded on older leaves while newer leaves are once compounded. Here are a few images of this delightful, yet very thorny tree.

TAKING A BREAK

Sorry dear readers for missing last weeks photo of the week. I have decided to take a break from blogging for a few weeks until my summer Field Botany class is over. If I do get some free time I will be sure and post something about life, the universe or something else. In the mean time  enjoy catching up on some of my previous posts and the following  photo.

Spoof of building Rockfeller Building