Earlier this week, our ECOS class ventured forth along the Kayaderosseras Creek near Ballston Spa. It was a spectacular day, with clear skies and a warming sun. I didn't expect to see much floral color this late in the season, but I had a pleasant surprise coming.
The pink tearthumb (that's tear as in rip, not as in boo hoo) is a small flower but it was plentiful this day at Gray's Crossing. It offered bright jabs of color along the trail.
Our guest instructor this day was Jackie Donnelly of Saratoga Woods and Waterways fame. Jackie asked us to practice keying out a wildflower that was not so easy to identify. The answer is below.
|Clotbur or cocklebur|
|Asters, unidentified variety.|
|Leopard or meadow frog.|
|This is Tall or Green-headed Coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata), Jackie tells me.|
Update: Jackie Donnelly has sent this information. (See her comment, too.)
The flower you couldn't remember the name of is Tall or Green-headed Coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata), and the final sunflower you pictured is called Sawtooth Sunflower (Helianthus grosseserratus), a midwestern species probably introduced with the new plantings. Thanks, Jackie!
I am enjoying this spectacular fall we are having. Isn't it bliss?
|This is Sawtooth Sunflower (Helianthus grosseserratus), a midwestern species probably introduced with the new plantings, according to Jackie D.|