Thursday, June 4, 2009

100 Species Challenge #56

Specimen #56

Canada Anemone

Anemone canadensis

How nice is this? The staff at Living History Farms had all of my work done for me! This plant has been identified, listed its Latin name, and shows Native American uses for it.

Anemone is Greek for wind. Think anemometer (that spinning cup wind speed gauge). According to Greek mythology, the anemone sprang from Aphrodite’s tears as she mourned the death of Adonis. So maybe anemone could be interpreted as loss or mourning. There are many anemones, unrelated and related to each other. Rue anemone, here, is unrelated. I don't think it even looks like this plant.

For me, the leaves really set this flower apart when identifying.

Canada Anemone is endangered and extirpated in a few states east of Iowa.

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