Monday, October 13, 2008

To Pea or not to Pea

Here are the names of some plants we had to identify on our ecology excursion. I like a good latin name, but sometimes you can't beat a common name for whimsy.

screw fern
pithy sword sedge
wire rapier sedge
red beaks
milky beauty-heads
common billy-buttons
creeping cudweed
button everlasting
twin-flower beard-heath
common raspwort
slender dodder-laurel
coarse dodder-laurel
love creeper
horny conebush

It's nice to know, though, that even scientific names are not above being a wee bit twee. Note the obtuse angles in the leaves of this plant, the common flat-pea. The plant's scientific name is Platylobium obtusangulum.

1 comment:

Christopher Currie said...

so many double-entendres, so little time...