04.19.2021 Blood-root

It’s always been Bloodroot to me, but when I checked out GoBotany it didn’t show up…these computers are so picky. So I searched the latin name…Sanguinaria canadensis, and discovered it now has a hyphen.Β  There is a plant they list as Bloodroot, but it is a totally different genus and species. So Blood-root it is. (Even spellcheck wants to lose the hyphen)

I was surprised to see an open bloom at 7 a.m. It’s just a tiny bit past fresh but still looking good. I tried a few angles and liked the slight curve of the silhouetted leaf below.

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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25 Responses to 04.19.2021 Blood-root

  1. I agree with you about the leaf curves. As for hyphens, the general trend in American editing over recent decades has been toward using them less, so that heartfelt has now largely replaced heart-felt. With that in mind, bloodroot seems fine for your Sanguinaria, though with botanical names specifically I do still see plenty of variation. The book I learned about rain-lilies from uses a hyphen, while some other books don’t.

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    • GoBotany tends, I think, to alter names a bit more than most…not that I am an expert in nomenclature. But it does seem that many plants whose names I learned long ago are different on their site.


  2. Ann Mackay says:

    The leaf curves are a lovely addition to the composition. Hyphens tend to drive me nuts because there is so much variation, even amongst the ‘authorities’. (I usually go along with the RHS here for plants but insects are more difficult for me, e.g. bee flies vs bee-flies. Argh!)

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  3. Eliza Waters says:

    Their bloom time is so short… a week and then they are gone, all except their fabulously-veined leaves.

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  4. Peter Klopp says:

    Whether it is the right name or the correct hyphen or anything else, I do not really care. All I know is that you captured a most beautiful flower, Steve.

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  5. It’s a scroll-stoppingly beautiful photograph, Steve.

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  6. M.B. Henry says:

    We had a lot of those in the woods near where I grew up πŸ™‚


  7. shoreacres says:

    Odd. I couldn’t find any other site using a hyphen for the name of this flower. It doesn’t matter to me — I just enjoy seeing it, and you’ve portrayed it wonderfully well.

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  8. Todd Henson says:

    What a beautiful floral portrait. I agree about the curve below working well. I wonder if this is a recent name change? I’ve seen similar things happen (thankfully rarely) with bird species, where whatever body is considered the international namer decided to shift names for one reason or another, often because of mounting scientific evidence related to the species. But just the addition of a hyphen… interesting. πŸ™‚

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  9. Very Nice Steve! Great image!


  10. Wonderful detail in the petals!

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  11. bluebrightly says:

    I remember it as Bloodroot too but oh, there are so many changes these days! This little plant is most charming to me when its veiny leaves are tightly clasped around the stem – I love that. I remember you photographed it that way in the past, I think.

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