Spikes, racemes, corymbs — these are a few of the many types of inflorescences. Of all the different possibilities for the arrangement of flowers, my favourite is this: the helicoid cyme, an inflorescence often seen in members of the borage family.
This common bugloss grows in UBC’s Physic Garden, which is thematically centred on ancient European medicinal plants (hint: whenever you see a specific epithet on a plant that says “officinalis” or “officinale”, you can be assured that it was used in herbal medicines hundreds of years ago by Europeans).
In BPotD news, Dr. Scott Russell at the University of Oklahoma, author of the daily (and highly recommended) Scott’s Botanical Links, sent me a note highlighting that Botany Photo of the Day was highlighted by the Internet Scout Project in this week’s “The Scout Report”. A reader of The Scout Report (which you can subscribe to via email), Tim, also sent along the news. Thanks Scott and Tim!