06.14.2019 Stars of the Day

The interesting feature of these flowers, Lysimachia borealis (aka Trientalis borealis), are the repetitive sevens. Seven, sepals, seven petals and seven anthers.  That is, unless there are six.  Or five. Or eight or nine. Generally though, seven is the predominate number. They also can be found in singles or triples.


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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10 Responses to 06.14.2019 Stars of the Day

  1. And now you’re the star of the day with these pictures. I read on a page of the Connecticut Botanical Society that this species is in the colicwood family, Myrsinaceae, which I’ve never heard of. That page says that the leaves also favor groups of seven.

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  2. For me an odd number radials has always had more visual appeal than an even number. Don’t know why. Just seems to be the way. But here, they came to be beautiful either way. The professors Steve and Steve are a constant education.

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  3. shoreacres says:

    I was looking for something else when I ran across this tidbit on a Minnesota wildflower page. “Formerly known as Trientalis borealis, and in the Primulaceae (Primrose) family, it has been shuffled around to a new species name: Lysimachia borealis and moved to the Myrsinaceae (Myrsine) family.”

    A bit down the page there was a snippy little comment by someone contesting that information. He was put in his place by someone who sounded like my junior high librarian. There’s nothing like a taxonomic take-down.

    I did notice that colicwood, a member of the Primulaceae, also was moved to the Myrsinaceae.
    Colicwood intrigued me, because one of the plants I encountered in the Big Thicket was colicroot. It got that common name because it was presumed to be a good cure for colic — I wonder if the same was true of colicwood.

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    • I have to admit that pretty much every modern medicine I have been prescribed has done as advertised. But I think many of the “folk” remedies our forebears touted had a ring of truth although maybe not quite up to the efficacy we experience today. OTOH, some of today’s cures fall a bit short too. But at least, for the most part, we’ve left blood letting in our past.

      I’ve run into both names, usually share as many as I find, but generally follow the GoBotany page. I mentioned to Steve in his Whorled MIlkweed post that I first learned of Dogbane as a MIlkweed and he just discovered that Milkweed is now a Dogbane. Hard to keep track.


  4. bluebrightly says:

    The comments are fun with all the information, which I do love, but these beauties are pure poetry to me, and I want to leave it at that. Just gorgeous, Steve. I’ve gotten so much pleasure from seeing our version lining many of the trails I’ve been walking this Spring. They are just about gone now, all of them, but next year they will be sweet little starry companions again….

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