I went out Saturday afternon with the idea that I would try something new, and find as many species as possible within a single afternoon. I started photographing at the Meadows in Lexington, and finished at Great Meadows in Concord. They're sorted by time, ranging from 15:35 to 19:17.
It was decidedly a learning experience. Most surprisingly, many of the identifications I'd made with confidence in the field were partly or entierly wrong. In the final count, I got a total of 58, with 40 of the common names guessed near-enough.
|Chicory (Cichorum intybus)|
| Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)|
I found one that was in flower later in the day; I wonder if I would have gotten another species by taking a closer look.
|Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)|
|Common Cinquefoil (Potentilla simplex)|
| Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)|
I thought it was "purple" but close enough.
| Night-flowering Catchfly (Silene noctiflora)|
I didn't count the styles, so I'm not sure of that one. I also guessed wrong.
|Common Ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)|
|Rabbit's foot clover (Trifolium artense)|
| Common Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare)|
I missed the common name on this one; Bachelor's Buttons is something else entierly - perhaps I've had it wrong since childhood.
| Curled Dock (Rumex crispus)|
I didn't get the leaves in the picture, but I remembered them well enough.
|Purple Loosetrife (Lythrum salicaria)|
|Water Hemlock (Cicuta maculata)|
|Common Plantain (Plantago major)|
| Yellow Wood-Sorrel (Oxalis europaea)|
This one's different from O. Stricta whose seed pods are at an angle with the stem; I should get both next time.
| Field Peppergrass (Lepidium virginicum)|
Next time, get the leaves too.
| Common St. Johnswort (Hypericum Perforatum)|
I had substituted "spotted" for "common"; the little dots on the petals are a field mark, but that's not its name.
| Deptford Pink (Dianthus armeria)|
Different from Marsh Pink, so another incorrect guess.
| False Foxglove (Gerardia ??)|
I'm not sure if I have enough to go on here, but I don't see what else grows that tall. I've tried to show both the leaf and the flower buds, since the whole thing is about 6' tall.
|Bouncing Bet (Saponaria officinalis)|
|Common Mullein (Verbascum thapsus)|
|Day-Lily (Hemerocallis fulva)|
| Black Swallowwort (Cynanchum nigrum)|
I had given this up as unidentifyable, until stumbling across it while looking for something else in the field guide. I mean the paired shiny leaves and pods, not the other stuff it's tangled with.
|Celandine (Chelidonium majus)|
|Lady's Thumb (Polygonum persicaria)|
|Creeping Bell-flower (Campanula rapunculoides)|
|Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica)|
|Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis)|
| Butter-and-Eggs (Linaria vulgaris)|
I later found one that was in flower, but didn't stop for it.
| Spurge (Euphorbia)|
(Lots of subspecies; I don't have enough to go on, here.)
| Tyrell Knapweed (Centaurea vochinensis)|
(I can't tell which knapweed is which without the book.)
| Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)|
There's more to confuse this with than I thought, so it would have been worth a closer look.
|Wild Carrot (Daucus carota)|
|Horseweed (Erigeron canadensis)|
| Early Goldenrod (Solidago juncea)|
I didn't realise there were so many varieties to choose from, but the stuff in the leaf axils is distinctive.
|Blue Toadflax (Linaria canadensis)|
|Common Evening Primrose (Oenothera biennis)|
| Aster (Aster ??)|
Oops! Not nearly enough to identify this one.
|Black Knapweed (Centaurea nigra)|
| Red Campion (Lychnis dioica)|
I forgot to count the styles, but I think this is right.
|Common Buttercup (Ranunculus acris)|
| Meadowsweet (Spirea latifolia)|
(New to me, but the name's familiar so maybe I just forgot.)
|Garlic Mustard (Alliaria officinalis)|
| Spiny-Leaved Sow-Thistle (Sonchus asper)|
I didn't correctly name the subspecies.
| Burdock (Arctium ??)|
I should remember that I need to look for stem grooves to distinguish species.
| Creeping Charlie (Glechoma hederacea)|
I knew this one by smell and habit, but I could only find it in Peterson's by latin name, once I had that. Remembering that strong smelling things are often mint-family, would have helped.
|Birdfoot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus)|
|Swamp Rose (Rosa palustris)|
| Panicled Tick-Trefoil (Desmodium paniculatum)|
I missed the id on this one, but I might have had a better chance later in the year, when the distinctive clingy seed pods are everywhere.
|White Clover (Trifolium repens)|
|Narrow-leaved Vervain (Verbena simplex)|
| Fragrant Water-Lily (Nymphaea odorata)|
Not American Lotus, which is yellow, and which I know I've looked up before. (In the background.)
| Hedge Bindweed (Convolvulus sepium)|
I guessed Jimsonweed, which has toothed leaves.
|Common Cattail (Typhia latifolia)|
| Bur-Cucumber (Sicyos angulatus)|
Without flowers or fruit to go on, I could be convinced otherwise... I thought it was Wild Cucumber before getting the book out.
|Tall Meadow Rue (Thalictrum polygamum)|
| Asiatic Dayflower(Commelina communis)|
I didn't stop for the ones I saw early on, then had trouble finding another patch, because it was gloomy enough for them all to be closed.
| White Avens (Geum canadense)|
One I've looked up before, but didn't remember.
| Rough-fruited Cinquefoil (Potentilla recta)|
I knew it was a cinquefoil, but was wrong about which one.