The cell phone camera is pretty good for a cell phone camera, but when it comes to small things that move in the slightest breeze, well, it’s a tough job for a cell phone camera (though I won’t rule out operator error). There is one plant I couldn’t identify and of course that is the one where the blossom came out blurry. If you can recognize this plant by its leaves, its overall habit, or its blurry flowers, please tell me what it is!I found several of these plants growing along the trail that went around Lily Lake. They were not actually at the water’s edge, but usually on the side of the trail further from the water, growing in dappled shade.
I’m assuming this is a native plant, but I really don’t know. I’m hoping someone out there knows. As best I can remember, the flower shape was the wing-and-keel common to legume plants, but the leaves didn’t look like members of the pea family.
Do You Know the Name of This Plant?
I have been through all my wild flower reference books, but it’s like looking for a needle in a haystack. Whatever it is, I don’t think it’s common, because I’ve leafed through my reference books many times and it doesn’t look familiar. I even tried calling the park office, but they’ve been busy every time. So I appeal to you, my readers, for help in identifying this plant.
Helen of Toronto Gardens correctly identified it as Desmodium glutinosum. Thank you, Helen! Now I can sleep at night.