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11/02/2008 04:06:20 PM · #1
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I found this out on the trails near Peyto Lake in Banff National Park. I intend to enter it in the upcoming Botany competition at my local camera club but they require either the common name or the latin name for the species as the title. Anyone know what it is?

Thanks!

Message edited by author 2008-11-02 16:06:41.
11/02/2008 04:22:33 PM · #2
What date was it blooming?
11/02/2008 04:28:48 PM · #3
Could it be Hairy Golden Aster, Heterotheca villosa?
11/02/2008 04:30:23 PM · #4
Originally posted by KarenNfld:

What date was it blooming?


This was in August. (August 13th to be exact)
11/02/2008 04:32:18 PM · #5
Hawk's-Beard

it's an annual- weeds basically usually grows in clusters
11/02/2008 04:36:16 PM · #6
Could be either of these too:

Arnica cordifolia

or

Helianthus tuberosus

Man, there are a lot of sub-species that look like this thing.
11/02/2008 04:36:58 PM · #7
ok five minutes to find out this may be in Alberta........

I'd guess Arnica montana.

Message edited by author 2008-11-02 16:43:17.
11/02/2008 04:43:30 PM · #8
Originally posted by Photomom1981:

Hawk's-Beard

it's an annual- weeds basically usually grows in clusters


No, I don't think it's that.
11/02/2008 04:43:56 PM · #9
Originally posted by K10DGuy:

Could be either of these too:

Arnica cordifolia

or

Helianthus tuberosus

Man, there are a lot of sub-species that look like this thing.


No kidding. The center of the blossom looks quite unique I think. I wish I had other shots with the leaves and the stem. I am guessing that since they are either out of focus or not in the picture at all that this has a fairly long stem. But I can't remember for sure.
11/02/2008 04:44:16 PM · #10
it's not Helianthus tuberosus notice the petal difference
11/02/2008 04:44:45 PM · #11
i think your right on the Arnica cordifolia
11/02/2008 04:44:45 PM · #12
Originally posted by Citadel:


No kidding. The center of the blossom looks quite unique I think. I wish I had other shots with the leaves and the stem. I am guessing that since they are either out of focus or not in the picture at all that this has a fairly long stem. But I can't remember for sure.


The center is what I was focusing on too, but I can't seem to come up with anything that resembles it. Perhaps it's not in full bloom yet?

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11/02/2008 04:48:58 PM · #13
Originally posted by Photomom1981:

i think your right on the Arnica cordifolia


I think we might have a bingo!

edit: Arnica cordifolia or arnica montana. Gonna have to do more reading etc to make a definitive choice.

Message edited by author 2008-11-02 16:54:53.
11/02/2008 04:53:40 PM · #14
Originally posted by Citadel:

Originally posted by Photomom1981:

i think your right on the Arnica cordifolia


I think we might have a bingo!


Well, I think I can guarantee it's an Arnica, but whether it's Cordifolia or not would be for someone way more knowledgeable in botany than me. (Which would be just about anyone).

There are 30 subspecies of Arnica.

Good luck. lol.
11/02/2008 04:53:52 PM · #15
Originally posted by Photomom1981:

i think your right on the Arnica cordifolia


We have same plants/weeds here. I think the ID is correct.
11/02/2008 04:55:53 PM · #16
Originally posted by K10DGuy:

Originally posted by Citadel:

Originally posted by Photomom1981:

i think your right on the Arnica cordifolia


I think we might have a bingo!


Well, I think I can guarantee it's an Arnica, but whether it's Cordifolia or not would be for someone way more knowledgeable in botany than me. (Which would be just about anyone).

There are 30 subspecies of Arnica.

Good luck. lol.


Thanks. I guess I'll have to find the wildflower book my wife claims to possess. :) Google can only take you so far.
11/02/2008 10:25:35 PM · #17
Originally posted by K10DGuy:

Originally posted by Citadel:

Originally posted by Photomom1981:

i think your right on the Arnica cordifolia


I think we might have a bingo!


Well, I think I can guarantee it's an Arnica, but whether it's Cordifolia or not would be for someone way more knowledgeable in botany than me. (Which would be just about anyone).

There are 30 subspecies of Arnica.

Good luck. lol.


I took botany 3 times in college.. but um i failed it all 3 times.. lol
11/02/2008 10:36:51 PM · #18
As a general note to all who ask for identifications, it's very helpful to know;

-Where and when it's growing- geographical location and local terrain/soil type.

-Dimensions of the flower and of the plant.

-Pictures, if possible, of leaves, description at least. Are the leaves basal, like a dandelion, or do they come up the stem? Are they opposite on the stem or do they alternate? Are the leaves toothed? Hairy? Single or clustered?

-What seeds are like, if any are visible.

The more details we know, the more likely we'll get exactly the right species :)
11/04/2008 11:21:07 AM · #19

If the leaves were heartshaped then Arnica cordifolia is probably right
11/04/2008 02:02:48 PM · #20
Unfortunately I don't have any shots of the darn leaves. I think that my future shots of wild flowers are going to include a lot of what BeeCee suggests so I can accurately identify the species. I don't think the club would dock me if I get the wrong species but it certainly doesn't help my entry calling it "Unknown Species of Wildflower".

Anyways, I am guessing that Arnica cordifolia is one of the more common varieties and I can't see anything in my shot that says its not Arnica cordifolia sooo....that's what I am going with.

I wanted to thank everyone for helping me identify this flower (even though I provided little in the way of info).
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