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Barkley Meadows Park

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On November 6th we made our first visit ever to Barkley Meadows Park in Del Valle. A whole lot was going on, botanically speaking, near the western shore of the Berdoll Pond there, as you see in the more-is-more picture above. The myriad small stars throughout are a type of aster, Symphyotrichum subulatum. The fluffy seed heads to the right of center are marsh fleabane, Pluchea odorata. The green saplings are black willow trees, Salix negra. The brown stalks in the back are slenderpod sesbania, Sesbania herbacea, which you saw more fully last time. The tan arcs front and center are the dry leaves of a young cattail, Typha sp. The second picture shows a black willow that had gotten taller.

And below is a closer look at some marsh fleabane gone to seed;
call it a Rembrandtesque botanical version of “Starry Night.”

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

November 17, 2020 at 4:37 AM

A triangle of aster flowers

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And finally from Great Hills Park on November 4, here are some wildflowers that do look like they belong in the same family as sunflowers and asters—because they are asters (Symphyotrichum spp.)

You’re looking straight down, so the orange-brown color you see came from fallen leaves on the ground below the flowers. Note the presence of a long-legged insect that was also underneath the asters.

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

November 19, 2015 at 5:11 AM

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