Crimsoneyed Rosemallow (Hibiscus moscheutos), shown below, is another flowering plant that is widespread throughout the hemi-marsh at Huntley Meadows Park. More commonly known as either “mallow” or “marsh mallow,” Crimsoneyed Rosemallow is one of ~300 species of plants in the genus Hibiscus.
Notice the female katydid hiding deep in the throat of the flower, shown above.
During “Huntley Meadows Park at Night,” a class/walk-and-talk led by park naturalists P.J. Dunn and Matt Ryan on 19 July 2014, I was surprised to discover Crimsoneyed Rosemallow flowers close at night.
How many flower parts can you identify? Feel free to use the following reference: Plant Morphology – The Parts of a Flower (diagram courtesy American Museum of Natural History).
The preceding photographs were taken during a photowalk along the boardwalk in the hemi-marsh at Huntley Meadows Park on 17 August 2012.
Editor’s Note: Thanks to Matt Ryan, naturalist at Huntley Meadows Park, for sharing the scientific name of “mallow.”
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