Saturday, August 28, 2021

Unexpected glory

You're looking at a weedy, stony bit of disturbed ground sandwiched between logging road and logging slash; nothing to see here. And then you stop and look again. Look down.

Better still, kneel down.

So tiny!

I think these are one of the Draba species, although I can't find a match. The flowers; four mouse-ear petals, white with yellow markings; match the drabas. But the leaves march up the stem, with flowers sprouting from the axils. Most of the Drabas I know carry the flowers atop bare stalks.

Update: it is Euphrasia nemorosa, Common eyebright. Good name!

The largest of the leaves, measured at home, was 8 mm long.

Unusual leaves, with spent flower base.

Estás viendo un terreno abandonado, cubierto de hierba mala y piedras, entre un camino para camiones madereros y un bosque destrozado por esos camiones. No hay nada que vale la pena observar.

Y entonces miras otra vez. Miras hacia tus pies.

Te pones de rodillas.

Porque aquí ves estas flores miniaturas.

Creo que son una especie del género Draba; las flores blancas tienen los cuatro pétalos en forma de oreja de ratón. Pero las hojas suben por todo el tallo, con flores brotando en las axilas. Las otras Draba que he visto llevan sus flores sobre un tallo sin hojas.

La hoja más grande, medida en casa, alcanzó a los 8 mm.


  1. Eyebright, Euphrasia sp. I think E. nemerosa. Lovely little flower that I've never seen in person.


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