Took my swollen Achilles tendon — physical therapy starts today, thank goodness — to the Wyoming soccer fields where a Category One storm was blowing — or it least felt like it. But the golden sunshine made that ok.
Found a few nice things, including mile-a-minute vine, which I didn’t know I had found until a Wilkes biology professor identified for me on Facebook.
Also still blooming happily along in late October was Forking Catchfly, with its unmistakable ten-ribbed calyx sac.
Two views of the little forker.
Silene dichotoma is a species of flowering plant in the pink family known by the common name forked catchfly. It is native to Eurasia and it is known in other parts of the temperate world, such as sections of North America, where it is a weed that grows in disturbed habitat. It is an annual herb growing up to 80 centimeters tall. The lance-shaped leaves are up to 8 centimeters long on the lower stem and are smaller farther up. Each flower is encapsulated in an inflated calyx of sepals lined with ten dark veins. It is open at the tip, revealing five white to red petals, each with two lobes at the tip and sometimes taking a curled form.