aka harvestlice, aka swamp agrimony (Agrimonia parviflora); Rosaceae (rose family)
I know, I know, you were expecting a picture of a flower. This species of agrimony has small yellow flowers, about 1/4″ wide at most, that are very typical of the rose family. It’s another example of medium-sized plants with long, spiky inflorescences and itty bitty flowers (like vervain, jumpseed, lopseed).
I like this plant for the sound of the name, which comes from the Greek for “poppy”. But really, it’s about the leaf. Is that not a fascinating leaf? Shown above is a single, pinnately compound leaf, with 17 primary leaflets and about 30 secondary leaflets. Nevermind about the flowers, I just love the plant:
Okay, here are some flower pics:
This one is actually a different species: common agrimony (A. gryposepala). Leaf is not nearly as nifty: Southern agrimony flowers are similar to common agrimony flowers:
Polygonum virginianum, aka Persicaria virginiana and several others; Polygonaceae (buckwheat family)
Most of the LWFs* I wrote about earlier in the season were tiny little flowers on tiny little plants. This one is a tiny little flower on a very large inflorescence on a medium-sized plant. The plant grows about three feet tall, and usually sports only a single foot (or more) long flower spike with dozens of buds; only a few open at a time, and each flower is less than 1/8″ across.
Jumpseed is found throughout woodlands in North America, from northern Quebec south through Florida and west to Texas.
*little white flowers