Here’s another ‘ongoing’ project…figuring out what this stinker of a plant is… I’m pretty sure it’s some sort of St. John’s Wort (Saint John’s Wort?).  But beyond that, I can’t seem to pin it down to a I’m pretty sure it’s that.. there’s a bunch of I’m pretty sure it’s not that ones…the leaves are too little or too narrow, the petals are too narrow, or not enough anthers (the boy parts of the flower that the pollen comes from…they kinda look like golf clubs with the head bent back towards the handle a bit more than usual), or whatever.

And to make this a bit less redundant, the scientific name for all the plant I’m considering start with the genus Hypericum.  A scientific name consists of two parts, a genus, and then a species.  They tend to look like: Genus species. When you’ve already mentioned a genus name, and keep referring either to the same species over and over, or to a bunch of species in the same genus, often the genus will be abbreviated to the first letter, and looks like this: G. species.  I’m probably going to do that in this blog post, as I’ll be talking a bunch of closely related species in the same genus.  To top all that scientific name business, quite often the person who officially named the species first (and that opens a can of worms! Often one species might be named many times… and then there’s the prestige of being the one who named it… I’m pretty sure this is what caused and killed the name “Brontosaurus” ….) or somehow is associated with that name is added as an initial or a name after the species name.  And if you get into subspecies and variants and stuff, you end up with a second uncapitalized word after the species name… but for now I’m just using the genus and species…sorry those of you who named the species and need the extra ego boost! (ok, it might also help differentiate if you are using an older or newer name for the same species to know who named it…?).

I am considering as outside choices:

Early St. John’s Wort (H. nudiflorum); Roundseed St. John’s Wort (H. sphaerocarpum)…

And think it has a better chance of being:

Shrubby St. John’s Wort (H. prolificum); Creeping St. John’s Wort (H. adpressum);  Bushy St. John’s Wort (H. densiflorum)…

I don’t think it’s “Common St. John’s Wort” H. perforatum because I don’t think I noticed any ‘holes’ in the leaves.  Common St. John’s Wort (I’m pretty sure is the European one brought over for medicinal etc. uses which went a bit rogue) has oil glands in the leaves which look like holes.

Those are from July 24 (I’ve been stuck on that date for a while now!), but this was written August 20.  I’ve taken some more pictures more recently, and I’m also afraid they (the plant, not the pictures) may have been mowed in the great Mowing Event (like some of the other plants I’ve been looking at) so it might be harder to figure them out if they never set seed completely or turn colors or whatever it does in the fall, we’ll see if I can narrow it down.  Thanks for checking in! -August 20, 2017



Resources, in no particular order, and remember, as always, I may have used a resource to rule out an ID, so there might not actually be information about this/these plants at a resource, but there might be info about other plants I thought it might be.  (I finally got the hang of this site and am using it now to do a lot of what are my other options checking).

Click to access fs_hype.pdf

Click to access mt199810ag.pdf