Southern Dogwoods

Posted by CW McGowen (Morgan Hill, United States) on 10 June 2017 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

In late April I was photographing in Ohio and came across Dogwoods. I had planned to photograph Yosemite's Dogwoods in May and wondered about the difference in the species. I captured this shot so that I could compare the variation of species.

In Ohio, the species of Dogwood is "Cornus Florida" of the Family (Cornaceae) This variety of Dogwood blooms predominantly throughout the Old South but also spreads northward toward the great lakes and along the Eastern Seaboard. They are characterized by having 4 Bracts, yes, those beautiful showy white outsides are bracts not petals, essentially the flower's casing. Each bract is notched at its tip and the flower is the greenish yellow part in the middle.

Tomorrow, I'll post a photo of the Yosemite Dogwoods, they are called Mountain Dogwoods or Pacific Dogwoods and are species (Cornus nuttallii)

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11 Jun 2017 8:05am


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