Wildflowers: Fluffy Seedheads of What?

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  1. Towhee Songsparrow

    Towhee Songsparrow New Member

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    Wondering whose seedheads these are? Photographed in late July of 2016 off of Lake Tahoe hiking trails. I've always adored this forum! So many are so knowledgeable! dscf8683.jpg dscf8688.jpg











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    Silver surfer Generous Contributor 10 Years

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    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Well, that's a conundrum. Are you sure you photographed it along Lake Tahoe? These don't seem to be native to California or Nevada, but it is definitely a Dryas.
     
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    Silver surfer Generous Contributor 10 Years

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    Dryas is the logo for The Scottish Rock Garden Club.

    scottish rock garden club logo - Google Search

    After I posted I looked to see where Lake Tahoe was.
    Then thought ooops!

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    Dryas octopetala, the mountain avens,[2] eightpetal mountain-avens, white dryas or white dryad,[3] is an Arctic–alpine flowering plant in the family Rosaceae. It is a small prostrate evergreen subshrub forming large colonies. The specific epithet octopetala derives from the Greek octo (eight) and petalon (petal), referring to the eight petals of the flower, an unusual number in the Rosaceae, where five is the normal number. However, flowers with up to 16 petals also occur naturally.

    As a floral emblem, it is the official territorial flower of the Northwest Territories and the national flower of Iceland.
     

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