I noticed a tiny plant in a muddy bank on Tyee Spit; a clump flat against the soil, barely two hand's width across. Among the feathery leaves were a few specks of pink, miniature flowers, too small to notice, except that I was watching my footsteps carefully, trying not to slip on the unstable bank.
|Common stork's bill, or red-stem stork's bill, Erodium cicutarium.|
I found a match in my guide, but wasn't sure of the flowers; five petals, or four? So I went back a few days later. Too late; the flowering season is almost over.
|The last buds, in my hand. I have them in water now, but they haven't opened.|
|Three seed capsules|
The guide book says, about the seeds,
"Capsules, 33-5 cm long, splitting open into 5 segments, each with 1 or 2 smooth seeds, and tipped with a spirally twisting, persistent style."
I had brought home the bit of stem with seed capsules and buds, and tonight, when I checked, the capsules had split open, and there were the twisty styles.
|They've tangled themselves up.|
I teased out a couple. They're thread-thin.
|The furry tips will contain one or two seeds each.|
More seeds tomorrow.