09.09.2016-Floral Friday Fern-leaved False Foxglove

How’s that for alliteration?  The hyphen saved me.  🙂

fern-leaved-false-foxglove-82816-960I photograph these annually in the Quabbin Park.  The first time I found them I climbed some rocks to get at the plant which wasn’t easy and even a bit risky.  There was someone there to catch me.  After all that I discovered more around the corner on some more manageable rocks and then, last year, found some on ground level.


Here you get a better look at the leaves and how the Fern-leaved False Foxglove-Aureolaria pedicularia got its name.  

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About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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20 Responses to 09.09.2016-Floral Friday Fern-leaved False Foxglove

  1. Todd Henson says:

    Steve, fascinating plant. I don’t believe I’ve seen one of these before. The leaves really are fern-like (love the hyphens :-). Are they usually alone or in very small patches, more dispersed, as this one appears, or have you ever seen them in larger clumps? I find it interesting how some plants really clump together but others don’t seem to as often.

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    • Most often there are medium-sized (there’s another hyphen for you 🙂 ) clumps. I think the singleton I found is probably part of the plant spreading to another location.I have never seen them as a field of flowers.

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  2. That’s always the way, isn’t it? I’ve had similar experiences, risking life and limb to photo a plant, only to find it right by the trail a little further on. If I’m not mistaken these are parasitic on oak trees.

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  3. krikitarts says:

    I’ve done my share of risky climbing and I have to try really hard to curb that urge nowadays, and I usually am successful. I’ll be much the better for it in the long run, especially as there’s usually no one around to catch me.

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  4. A really beautiful flower and the capture is picture perfect. This one should be printed and framed. The yellow surely brightens up a day.

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  5. Beautiful macro, the first shot: such lovely DOF, softness and clarity at the same time.

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  6. Fine for a faux-fitful photographic Friday.

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  7. shoreacres says:

    Those little dots inside foxglove (or even false foxglove) flowers are one of their best features: at least to my eyes. I see that Aureolaria grandiflora has been reported in my county. I need to keep my eyes open and see if I can find some. With that lovely yellow bloom, it’s an eye-catcher, so if it is here, it shouldn’t be hard to find.

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    • They do add a little “extra texture” to the flower’s appearance. No doubt they play a part in attracting pollinators in for a little gathering of pollen. Around here it is a mid to late summer bloom but I don’t know if that would correspond to Texas.

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