Crimsoneyed Rosemallow (Hibiscus moscheutos)

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.

Marshmallow flowers (Althaea sp.)

The small insect shown in the preceding photo is a Spotted Cucumber Beetle (Diabrotica undecimpunctata), “a major agricultural pest insect of North America.”

Marshmallow flowers (Althaea sp.)

Notice the female katydid hiding deep in the throat of the flower, shown above.

Marshmallow flowers (Althaea sp.)

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.

Marshmallow flowers (Althaea sp.)

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.”

Copyright © 2015 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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