Hunting For Wildflowers in Geauga County

I went back home to Auburn, Ohio this Sunday to see my family. Luckily, most of my family live deep in the woods which gave me a great opportunity to identify wildflowers as I made my rounds. The majority of these flowers were found on my grandfather’s property which borders Frohring Meadows Park. Two of the flowers were found in the woods near my house, which is located within the managed of the Ladue Reservoir property managed by the city of Akron. I was pleasantly surprised at the variety of wildflowers in my home county.

This flower was found here (location and habitat/environment): Frohring Meadows Park in Geauga County

It is on page 138 in Newcomb’s Wildflowers

Common name Dame’s Violet or Dame’s Rocket  Scientific name: Hesperis matronalis

Corolla:  number of petals 4  separate or  fused? Separate

Calyx:    number of sepals 4 separate or fused? Separate

Adroecium: number of stamens 6 separate stamens, two of which are short and four are long

Gynoecium type: Unicarpellate

Flower type/ovary position: Hypogynous

Flower symmetry: Actinomorphic (regular) 

Additional distinctive features: Stamens mostly concealed in flower tube

This flower was found here (location and habitat/environment): Frohring Meadows Park

It is on page 280 in Newcomb’s Wildflowers.

Common name: wild geranium or spotted cranesbill Scientific name: Geranium maculatum.

Corolla:  number of petals 5  separate or  fusedseparate

Calyx:    number of sepals 5 separate or fused? separate

Adroecium: number of stamens 10 separate, and attached between the petals and the pistil, in a whorl around the pistil.

Gynoecium type: syncarpous, 5 carpels total

Flower type/ovary position:  Hypogynous

Flower symmetry:  Actinomorphic (regular)

Additional distinctive features: flower is commonly found in woods and meadows and exhibits protandry

This flower was found here (location and habitat/environment): Between Frohring Meadows and my grandfathers property on Savage Road.

It is on page 362 in Newcomb’s Wildflowers

Common name Common Dandelion  Scientific name: Taraxacum officinale

Corolla:  number of petals Many separate ray flowers

Calyx:    The dandelion has a modified calyx structure called a pappus

Adroecium: number of stamens 5 stamens which are fused at the anther

Gynoecium type: Syncarpous, two fused carpels

Flower type/ovary position: Epigynous

Flower symmetry: Actinomorphic (regular) 

Additional distinctive features: A highly abundant weed which you have surely seen before

This flower was found here (location and habitat/environment): Frohring Meadows Park

It is on page 28 in Newcomb’s Wildflowers

Common name Sweet White Violet Scientific name: Viola blanda

Corolla:  number of petals 5 separate

Calyx:    number of sepals 5 seperate

Adroecium: number of stamens 5 separate

Gynoecium type: Syncarpous

Flower type/ovary position: Hypogynous

Flower symmetry: actinomorphic (regular) 

Additional distinctive features: The two upper petals of the Sweet White Violet bend backwards relative to the rest of the petals.

This flower was found here (location and habitat/environment): Savage Road, Geauga County

It is on page 124 in Newcomb’s Wildflowers

Common name Large-flowered Trillium Scientific name: Trillium grandiflorus

Corolla:  number of petals 3 separate

Calyx:    number of sepals 3 separate sepals

Adroecium: number of stamens 6 separate stamens in two whorls of three

Gynoecium type: syncarpous, 3 carpels

Flower type/ovary position: Hypogynous

Flower symmetry: actinomorphic (regular) 

Additional distinctive features: This particular trillium has the largest of all trillium petals.

This flower was found here (location and habitat/environment): Savage Road, Geauga County

It is on page 354 in Newcomb’s Wildflowers

Common name Mayapple or Mandrake  Scientific name: Podophyllum peltatum

Corolla:  number of petals 6-9 separate petals

Calyx:    number of sepals 6 separate sepals

Adroecium: number of stamens 12-18 separate stamens

Gynoecium type: Apocarpous, number of carpels varies

Flower type/ovary position: Hypogynous

Flower symmetry: actinomorphic (regular)

Additional distinctive features: Single solitary flower beneath the leaves above

This flower was found here (location and habitat/environment): Near a pond on the Ladue Reservoir property

It is on page 144 in Newcomb’s Wildflowers

Common name Black Mustard Scientific name: Brassica nigra

Corolla:  number of petals 4 separate

Calyx:    number of sepals 4 separate

Adroecium: number of stamens 6 separate stamens, four tall two short

Gynoecium type: unicarpellate

Flower type/ovary position: Hypogynous

Flower symmetry: actinomorphic (regular) 

Additional distinctive features: Common in fields and places of waste

This flower was found here (location and habitat/environment): Near a pond on the Ladue Reservoir property

It is on page 382 in Newcomb’s Wildflowers

Common name Common or Philadelphia Fleabane Scientific name: Erigeron philadelphicus

Corolla:  number of petals Many separate petals

Calyx:    number of sepals Many separate sepals of equal length

Adroecium: number of stamens 5 stamens tightly surround a single style

Gynoecium type: Syncarpous 2 fused carpels

Flower type/ovary position: Hypogynous

Flower symmetry: actinomorphic (regular) 

Additional distinctive features: Many hairs on stem and twigs