More Scrophs September 13, 2007
The Scrophulariaceae family is an attractive gathering of a gene pool, if there ever was one. The "snapdragon" clan of botany is filled with many forms from the foxgloves to the flaxes, and many beautiful flowers in between. One of the most unique members of this family is the Indian Paintbrush, Castilleja. Scrophs are also the preferred diet of Common Buckeye caterpillars, as we saw earlier on the Agalinis .
Last week at Sheldon Marsh this Smooth Yellow False Foxglove, Aureolaria flava was putting on quite a show. The flowers were exactly the same color of yellow and very close in size to the more common Jewelweed, or Impatiens pallida. I can see where they could be overlooked, but that would be a real shame.
Unfortunately this photo does not show the foliage, but is was unique as well. The leaves near the flower are entire, while the leaves near the base are clefted. Keep your eyes peeled for this beauty the next time you are in the field. Here is hoping you'll find one!