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Friday, April 18, 2014

SNAPDRAGONS AND ENGLISH DOGWOOD (APRIL FLOWERS IN THE SOUTH TEXAS GARDEN PHOTO BLOG)


Hi Everybody!!
This has been a great week to be near any location with Spring Flowers! I happen to live in a garden, so I am surrounded by flowers (by choice). Two garden favorites who bloom in April in the South Texas Garden are the Snapdragons (Annual) and English Dogwood/Mock Orange (Perennial). I use common names in this Blog, however,  universally plant nomenclature is in Latin: Antirrhinum and Philadelphus coronarius which are below in the Wikipedia Info.  Your photostudy is around the grounds of the bird sanctuary yesterday. Enjoy!

The Snapdragons!





https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antirrhinum

Antirrhinum

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Antirrhinum is a genus of plants commonly known as snapdragons or dragon flowers, from the flowers' fancied resemblance to the face of a dragon that opens and closes its mouth when laterally squeezed. They are native to rocky areas of Europe, the United States, and North Africa.[1]
Antirrhinum
Snapdragon
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Plantae
Phylum:Angiosperms
(unranked):Eudicots
(unranked):Asterids
Order:Lamiales
Family:Plantaginaceae
Genus:Antirrhinum
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The Garden Snapdragon is an important garden plant; cultivars of this species have showy white, crimson, or yellow bilabiate flowers. It is also important as a model organism in botanical research, and its genome has been studied in detail.
While Antirrhinum majus is the plant that is usually meant of the word "snapdragon" if used on its own, many other species in the genus, and in the family Scrophulariaceae more widely, have common names that include the word "snapdragon".

Growth[edit]

Snapdragons are often considered as cold-season annual plants and do best in full or partial sun, in well drained soil (although they do require regular watering[4]). They are classified commercially as a range of heights: dwarf (6-8 inches), medium (15-30 inches) and tall (30-48 inches).

Genetic studies[edit]

Snapdragon is a typical example of incomplete dominance by the red allele with the anthocyanin pigment. Any cross between red-flowered and white-flowered snapdragons, give an intermediate and heterozygous phenotype with pink flowers, that carries both the dominant and recessive alleles.[5]
Several species of Antirrhinum are self-incompatible, meaning that a plant cannot be fertilised by its own pollen.[6] Self-incompatibility in the genus has been studied since the early 1900s.[6] Self-incompatibility in Antirrhinum species is controlledgametophytically and shares many important features with self-incompatibility systems in Rosaceae and Solanaceae.[7]





















Presenting the "English Dogwood":















https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philadelphus_coronarius

Philadelphus coronarius

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Philadelphus coronarius (sweet mock-orangeEnglish dogwood) is a speciesof flowering plant in the family Hydrangaceae, native to Southern Europe. It is adeciduous shrub growing to 3 m (10 ft) tall by 2.5 m (8 ft) wide, with toothed leaves and bowl-shaped white flowers with prominent stamens. In the species the blooms are abundant and very fragrant, but less so in the cultivars.[1]

Philadelphus coronarius
The specific epithet coronarius means "used for garlands".[2]

Cultivation[edit]

It is a popular ornamental plant for gardens in temperate regions, valued for its profuse sweetly scented white blossom in early summer. There are a large number of named cultivars. The following cultivars have gained the Royal Horticultural Society'sAward of Garden Merit:-
  • P. coronarius 'Aureus'[3]
  • P. coronarius 'Variegatus'[4]


Sweet Mock-orange
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Plantae
(unranked):Angiosperms
(unranked):Eudicots
(unranked):Asterids
Order:Cornales
Family:Hydrangeaceae
Genus:Philadelphus
Species:P. coronarius
Binomial name
Philadelphus coronarius
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...this is brendasue signing off from Rainbow Creek.  See You next time!
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