Thursday, January 1, 2009
I was stunned to come upon this lovely creature, so vibrantly green, at this time of year. A solitary red cane hosting leaves solely at its tip. And, it was the only one to be found.
Like so many plants that I am discovering, I am humbled so say that I have little idea on identification. My meager but growing library does help and I realize that I need many more books. The web, often useful, can be a source of misinformation and one bad apple can often find its way copied all around.
It's often been written and I am coming to understand that the best tools for identifying plants are the line drawings. These illustrations bring out the key features that provide for me the aha! experience. Imagine how the illustrator artist has to know just what is important and how to present it with just a few perfectly placed marks of ink of paper. Such talent is a true treasure.
This little fellow looks to be a Black Raspberry, Rubus occidentalis. I'm having difficulty coming up with enough identifying characteristics of the brambles, so this will have to do for now, although why do I keep seeing a rosebush?
Happy New Year!