Eastern Redbud and Whitebud (Cercis canadensis)

Creativity isn’t always the botanist’s strong suit- doesn’t take much to guess why the eastern redbud (Cercis canadensis) and eastern whitebud (Cercis canadensis var. alba) were so named. They’re very popular ornamental trees on the east coast of the United States, where their cute little buds and flowers emerge in the spring, growing directly on…

Sweet Leaf (Sauropus androgynus)

I was on the tail of a butterfly for a photo, but it flew away, and now I’m sad that I can’t remember what it looks like in sufficiently explicit detail to identify it. On the bright side, I did end up finding a couple of these growing amongst the rusted rails, which were a…

Jamaican Cherry (Muntingia calabura)

It was raining, and my usual route through the buildings would keep me dry. So, naturally, up the open slope I went, managing to nearly poke someone in the eye when I stopped suddenly at a buah cheri tree (Muntingia calabura) I’d never noticed before. Known more commonly elsewhere as the Jamaican cherry or Panama…

Rhododendrons and Azaleas (Rhododendron sp.)

With their colourful papery flowers, blooming profusely in the spring against a background of dark green leaves, rhododendrons and azaleas worked well against the reds and greys of New Haven. Technically, both rhododendrons and azaleas fall under the Rhododendron genus, except that the former, or so called ‘true rhododendrons’ have ten stamens per flower, and…