I started my search for fruits and flowers at the Blacklick Woods Metro Park. In the large prairie next to the walking paths I found three of my four flowers. I first noticed a large abundance of tall sunflowers (Helianthus giganteus).
I knew that these were Helianthus giganteus because of their purple stem and lance-shaped leaves.
These flowers are also a classic Aster family example. They have an inflorescence that looks like a single flower that is really a head of flowers called a capitulum. The ray flowers are actinomorphic and the disk flowers are zygomorphic and have five petals fused together.
Just across from these asters I saw a very different type of flower, a spotted-touch-me-not (Impatiens capensis). They are a part of the Balsaminaceae family.
These are zygomorphic flowers that burst open their petals in order to distribute seeds.
These flowers have five petals with two of them being fused. It has an inferior ovary and is apocarpus.
Also in the prairie were multiple field thistles (Cirsium discolor).
Alas, these are also in the Asteraceae family, but they are a great example of the variation in the family.
These only have disk flowers! These are 5-merous, flowers that are fused with their inferior ovary attached to a capitulum.
This small tree was growing alongside the fence in my neighbor’s yard in Reynoldsburg. I think that this is a Halberd-leaved Rose Wallow (Hibiscus militaris).
These flowers have 5 separate petals and sepals, and they are actinomorphic.
These are American Yews (Taxus canadensis).