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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Two more springflowers

A few days ago, I spotted two wildflowers which I will be seeing everywhere until late summer.
One is of the Veronica family. The other is the Wild or Barren Strawberry, Potentilla sterilis.
Both flowers measured 8-10 mm. I like the Strawberry at this time of year, when they are very small and pretty . With my confidence still in shatters, I was unsure if it was the Barren Strawberry, Potentilla sterilis, or the Wild Strawberry, Fragaria vesca.

Talking to Zoƫ Devlin of Irish Wildflowers , she soon affirmed that it was indeed the Barren Strawberry, Potentilla sterilis. One of the easiest ways to distinguish the two species is the sepals showing between the -wide separated- petals.
So here are a cuople of pictures. Also thrown into the mix is a Germander Speedwell, Veronica Chamaedrys. Another spring flower of 8mm.

Barren Strawberry, Potentilla sterilis

Germander Speedwell, Veronica chamaedrys

And of course a Dandelion, Taraxachum off. peeping through!

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