By Laura F. Dean, Blanche E. Dean, Joab L. Thomas, Amy Mason

 There are maybe 3,000 species of flowering crops in Alabama, and the geography of the country presents for a magnificent diversity—this paintings documents in colour pictures and short yet sensible descriptions a few four hundred of the most typical, such a lot showy, and finest and important of those species.     A thesaurus, diagrams of flower elements and kinds, and an index will advisor the curious lay individual and fulfill the worse pupil in addition.

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The sepals are distinctive, bearing two kinds of hairs, some with and some without glandular tips. The petals vary from blue to rose-pink and are about ¾ of an inch long. AprilJune. Dry, sandy soil in woods and along rocky ledges. Fla. C. Pickerelweed Family Pontederiaceae PICKERELWEED, WAMPEE Pontederia cordata L. Pickerelweed is a large aquatic plant, growing 23½ feet high from a short, thick rhizome. The leaves are basal, ovate to lanceolate, with a heart-shaped base. Standing a foot or more above the water, the flower spike bears 2 bracts; the upper is a small papery sheath just below the spike, and the lower is heart-shaped, resembling the basal leaves.

Each flower lasts only one day but is replaced each day so that there is a progression of blooms from the base to the apex of the spike. MayOctober. Along muddy shores and quiet waters. , north into Can. ) Solms. The rounded leaves of the water hyacinth have hollow petioles with a spongy, inflated base that buoys the plant. The roots hang in a fibrous mass below the floating top. The perianth is 2-lipped with the upper lip 3-lobed and blotched with blue and yellow. The blooms last only one day, but a continual procession of blossoms occurs from early spring to late fall.

The petals are usually brightly colored and often function to attract insects or other pollinating agents to the flower. The third set of parts consists of one or more cycles of stamens. The stamens are the male reproductive organs of the flower and are composed of a thin filament terminated by an anther, a saclike structure containing pollen. In the center of the flower is the female reproductive structure consisting of one or more pistils. A typical pistil has an inflated basal portion known as an ovary, and an elongate extension above the ovary called the style that is terminated by a structure specialized for catching pollen, known as the stigma.

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