Philip K. Dick

Revelstoke, British Columbia, Canada

Staghorn Sumac

This photo of Staghorn Sumac [Rhus typhina] was taken at Trout Lake, Hermon, NY, on 29 July 2011.  It is a member of the Cashew (Anacardiaceae) family.  Harvesting Color shows it yielding a light brown dye with an Alum mordant and a green/gray-green with an iron one (Pages 100-103).

USDA Plants Listing:  http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=RHTY

Staghorn Sumac at Trout Lake

Staghorn Sumac at Trout Lake

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Crown Vetch [Securigera varia] found at Fletcher Park on 1 June 2013. It’s a member of the Pea (Fabaceae) family. Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide, pages 66-67, states “it’s a sprawling plant of roadsides, extensively planted as a ground cover for steep banks” and lists it as Coronilla varia. These flowers were on the border of a field that was in the process of being plowed.

USDA Plants Listing: Securigera varia

Crown Vetch at Fletcher Park - 1 June 2013

Crown Vetch at Fletcher Park – 1 June 2013

Crown Vetch (top view) - 1 June 2013

Crown Vetch (top view) – 1 June 2013

Crown Vetch (with tractor & plow) - 1 June 2013

Crown Vetch (with tractor & plow) – 1 June 2013