Delosperma (Or Mesembryanthum as we used to call it)
Dear Readers, you were all absolutely splendid this week, with Mal from FEARN (whose answers went into Spam for some reason known only to WordPress), Mike at Alittlebitoutoffocus, Christine and Fran and Bobby Freelove all getting 10 out of 10. Well done everybody! Let’s see what I can come up with for tomorrow. And Happy July to everyone!
1) G. Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)
2) F. Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum)
3) C. Grass Vetchling (Lathyrus nissolia)
4) H. Great Willowherb (Epilobium hirsutum)
5) I. Musk Mallow (Malva moschata)
6) J. Common Centaury (Centaurium erythraea)
7) D. Pink Sorrel (Oxalis articulata)
8) E. Thrift (Armeria maritima)
9) A. Common Ramping Fumitory (Fumaria officinalis)
Dear Readers, it’s very clear that you all know your onions (and your potatoes, cabbages, beans and beetroots) because Mal at FEARN, Fran and Bobby Freelove and Joanna all got 10 out of 10 on the vegetable quiz – well done all of you, and thank you for playing. Let’s see what I can come up with for tomorrow 🙂
Vertically-tilted metamorphic rocks near Carn Eighe, Scotland (Title Photo)
Dear Readers, this week Claire and Fran and Bobby Freelove both had a go at the quiz. Claire got an extremely creditable 9 out of 10, but our winners this week are Fran and Bobby Freelove with 10 out of 10 – well done! Let’s see what I can come up with tomorrow….
Vertically-tilted metamorphic rocks near Carn Eighe, Scotland (Title Photo)
Dear Readers, I am currently revising for my final exam in my Open University degree, which takes place on Monday 13th June. Gosh, we’ve covered a lot of ground this year! We’ve spent time on everything from quantum theory to genetics, from chemical bonding to frictional forces, and my head is in a right old spin. However, this weekend I have been revising my earth sciences, and in particular rocks, something that I knew little about until this year. Look at these splendid Scottish rocks, for example! They were created many miles under the surface of the earth by a combination of intense heat and pressure, and have eventually come to be visible as the rocks around them have been eroded. Not only that, but they’ve been swivelled through 90 degrees from the horizontal to the vertical. The earth is such a dynamic system, but the changes are so gradual that it takes millions of years to see them.
It might not surprise you to hear that many, many plants and animals have the word ‘rock’ in their names, so for this week’s quiz, all you have to do is name the plant or animal pictured below, which has the word ‘rock’ in their common name. To make it just a bit easier, I will put asterisks where the words that aren’t ‘rock’ should be – after all we haven’t had a quiz for a while so I will try to restrain my sadistic urges. Pop your answers in the comments, and I will disappear you as soon as I see you.
I’m going to publish the answers next Sunday (May 29th), so please submit your answers by 5 p.m. on Saturday May 28th if you would like to be marked.
Ivy (Hedera helix) – ‘helix’ means ‘twisted’ or ‘spiral’
Dear Readers, what a splendid crop of answers we had this week: Claire, Mal from FEARN, Rosalind Atkins, Anne and Fran and Bobby Freelove all proved their mettle with a score of 12 out of 12, well done to all of you – you were undefeated by Latin binomials, and there was a fine discussion about the merits of scientific names over on my Facebook page, for those of you who indulge. Suffice it to say that much as we love vernacular names, we can all see the value of having a name for each species that’s recognised across regions and countries.
Let’s see what I can come up with for tomorrow.
Species Name and Meaning
J) Officinalis means a traditional healing plant
E) Verna means ‘of the spring’
K) Rupestre means ‘wall or rock-loving’
F) Sativa means ‘found on cultivated land’
L) Pratense means ‘meadow-loving’.
H) Sylvestris means ‘found in forests/woods’
A) Repens means ‘creeping’
B) Palustre/palustris means ‘found in marshes and bogs’
C) Corniculata means ‘horned’ (the seed capsules of plants named ‘corniculata’ often have two tiny horns on them
G) Lutea means ‘yellow’ as in Yellow Corydalis, Pseudofumaria lutea.
Dear Readers, firstly very well done to everyone who took part this week: Claire, Joanna and Fran and Bobby Freelove all got a perfect 12/12 for their feather identification so a big round of applause is coming your way from East Finchley. I shall have to dream up something devilish for tomorrow, you’re all getting much too good.
And secondly, I hope that you enjoyed looking at these feathers as much as I did – they are miracles of adaptation and evolution, and differ so much from species to species, according to the bird’s requirements. They all come from the Featherbase website – links to the individual photos are at the bottom of the post. It is a most extraordinary resource, and I’m very glad to have found it!
Dear Readers, we only had one ‘team’ playing this week, the magnificent Fran and Bobby Freelove, who got a splendid 12 out of 12 on this rather difficult quiz. Well done Fran and Bobby! And let’s see what I can come up with tomorrow.
1) Spring crocus (Crocus vernus) I. Which plant is supposed to have arisen from the body of a young man accidentally slain by a discus?
2) Squill (Scilla siberica) J. The genus name for which plant means ‘to injure or to harm’, referring to the poisonous nature of some members of the genus?
3) Wood Sorrel (Oxalis acetosella) D. Which plant has leaves that fold up when it rains?
4) Oxlip (Primula elatior) K. Which plant was long thought to be a hybrid of the primrose and the cowslip, until this was disproved by Henry Doubleday, one of the pioneers of the organic movement?
5) Spring snowflake (Leucojum vernum) H. Which plant is also known as the Loddon Lily?
6) Winter aconite (Eranthis hyemalis) L. Which plant, also known as ‘choirboys’, is said to only grow where the blood of the ancient Romans has been spilled?
7) Lesser celandine (Ranunculus ficaria) A. Which of these spring ephemerals was Wordsworth’s favourite plant?
8) English Bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) B. The species name of which plant means ‘unlettered’, to distinguish it from the hyacinth which is said to have the letters ‘AI’ inscribed on its petals?
9) Common Dog Violet (Viola riviniana) E. The name of which plant denotes an inferior species?
10) Cowslip (Primula veris) C. Which plant is said to spring from cowpats and to smell slightly of apricots?
11) Snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis) G. Avid collectors of which plant are known as galanthophiles?
12) Wood anemone (Anemone nemerosa) F. Which plant is called ‘The Flower of Death’ by the Chinese because of its pale, ghostly appearance?
Dear Readers, you might recognise these photos from my quiz a few weeks ago, but this week I want to intrigue you with some trivia about each plant. Can you match the trivia to the photo?
As usual, you’ll have until 5 p.m. UK time on Friday 4th March to get your answers in the comments – I’ll ‘disappear’ them as soon as I see them. Answers will be published on Saturday 5th March and, unlike for the past two weeks, I’ll actually attempt to get the scores in the post as well.
All you have to do is match the fact to the photo, and it’s job done! So if you think the Spring Crocus was Wordsworth’s favourite flower, your answer is A) 1.
A. Which of these spring ephemerals was Wordsworth’s favourite plant?
B. The species name of which plant means ‘unlettered’, to distinguish it from the hyacinth which is said to have the letters ‘AI’ inscribed on its petals?
C. Which plant is said to spring from cowpats and to smell slightly of apricots?
D. Which plant has leaves that fold up when it rains?
E. The name of which plant denotes an inferior species?
F. Which plant is called ‘The Flower of Death’ by the Chinese because of its pale, ghostly appearance?
G. Avid collectors of which plant are known as galanthophiles?
H. Which plant is also known as the Loddon Lily?
I. Which plant is supposed to have arisen from the body of a young man accidentally slain by a discus?
J. The genus name for which plant means ‘to injure or to harm’, referring to the poisonous nature of some members of the genus?
K. Which plant was long thought to be a hybrid of the primrose and the cowslip, until this was disproved by Henry Doubleday, one of the pioneers of the organic movement?
L. Which plant, also known as ‘choirboys’, is said to only grow where the blood of the ancient Romans has been spilled?
Dear Readers, for some reason (probably author incompetence 🙁 ) the acknowledgement of everyone’s brilliance last week wasn’t published, so here it is now, and congratulations to all of you! And apologies!
Dear Readers, what a splendid selection of answers! Claire got a very creditable 8/10 (just a teeny tiny mix-up on the small raptors), and Mike from Alittlebitoutoffocus, Rosalind and Mark and Fran and Bobby Freelove all got a perfect 10 out of 10. Well done to all of you, and thanks to everyone for playing. I feel something weather-related coming on for Sunday 🙂 seeings as the wind from Storm Eunice which is racketing around outside as I write this is enough to blow anyone’s tiara off 🙂