7 thoughts on “Winter Botany Quiz #6

  1. Not a seed, but a fruit, with a persistent stigma to aid in dispersal — not uncommon, but with many variants on the theme, in Rosaceae.

    • Quite right of course, James. I knew there would be consequences for dozing off in the botany lectures all those years ago.

      I still have nightmares about all the (what seemed like thousands of) terms used to describe something as simple as a leaf margin…

  2. Yes, this is Cercocarpus ledifolius (curl-leaf mountain mahogany) in the family Rosaceae – one of the few tree species missing from my Trees of Lake Tahoe series of last year. Nice job from an Aussie to swoop in and scarf up the points for the plant ID and function of the structure, while James salvaged the remaining points for the name of the structure itself.

    More pics and info will be posted shortly.

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