Friday, May 15, 2009

Dogwood

Flowering Dogwood

Cornus nuttallii
Cornaceae (Dogwood Family)

Also known as "pacific dogwood" or "mountain dogwood", this plant is an inspiring site to see poking out of the woods here and there. The blooms are misleading because what looks like one flower is actually a collection of white petal-like bracts bordering a cluster of little flowers (that ball in the middle) which explains why those showy white "petals" have markings that match the veins of the leaves. Its a lovely plant; no wonder British Columbia chose its bloom as their official floral emblem.

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