Thursday, February 10, 2011

100 Species Challenge #77

Specimen #77: Dogbane
Apocynum androsaemifolium

Apocynum: from the Greek for "away from dog," i.e. noxious to dogs, in reference to its ancient use as a dog poison, hence dogbane (source here).

Photo by me

Location: a prairie at Honey Creek State Park

Harmony Art Mom brought my attention to the book _Discover Nature in Winter_, by Elizabeth Lawlor. In it, an entire chapter is dedicated to studying winter weeds. I've always liked looking at plants, their seed heads and colors, in all seasons. This plant is very interesting to look at with its drooping seed pods and stem color, as well as the nature of its growth -- a central stem with opposite 'branches' scooping out.

Natives would use this plant's fibers for twine, rope, nets, and clothes.

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