Botany Photo of the Day will have brief written entries on weekends, holidays and my vacations from April through September. – Daniel
Steve S. of Venice Beach, California has kindly shared today’s photograph with us. Thank you!
The common dandelion is ubiquitous in Eurasia (where it is native except for the recent introduction to Svalbard) and North America (where it is not). A brief glimpse at the taxonomy and genetics of dandelion reveals an interesting story (including the fact that there is no type specimen), but more than I can share in a weekend entry – I’ll have to follow-up with a different photograph at a future date.
An off-topic reminder to local residents: the garden is hosting a community Earth Day Celebration tomorrow (April 22) from 11am to 3pm.
Botany resource link: I missed announcing this prior to the program being aired, but I suspect it will be shown again: the Nova program First Flower on PBS. I don’t have a television, so I haven’t seen it, but Stannous F of San Francisco suggested that the link be shared. He’s not steered me wrong yet! Though the online site doesn’t share the program, it stands on its own as a learning and resource site with videos, links, photos and quizzes.