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Aureolaria pedicularia

Aureolaria pedicularia (L.) Raf.

 

Fernleaf Yellow False Foxglove, Northern Oak-leach

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassAsteridaeA large class that encompasses asters
OrderLamialesAromatic herbs and shrubs, including lavender, lilac, olive, jasmine, ash, teak, snapdragon, sesame, psyllium, garden sage, mint, basil, and rosemary
FamilyOrobanchaceaeBroomrape family of parasitic plants
GenusAureolaria“Golden”
SpeciespediculariaFrom Latin pedicularis, “lice” (Why lice?)

About plant names...

Fernleaf foxglove is a North American native. Fernleaf foxglove is never far from oaks, typically white oaks, the roots of which they parasitize, obtaining some of the water and nutrients they need in this manner.

Identification: Plants are 12-48" (30-121 cm) high, usually less than 24" (60 cm). Stems are moderately or densely hairy, and sticky. Leaves are finely dissected, very similar to those of ferns, 1-2" (3-6 cm) long, and opposite. They are medium green or purplish and lanceolate to somewhere between ovate and deltoid. Flowers resemble those of foxglove, like bells or trumpets tipped on their sides, on long straight upward-turned stalks. They are about 1" (3 cm) in size, and yellow, appearing from July to September. Fruits are ⅜-½" (1-1.3 cm) in size.

Online References:

Aureolaria pedicularia at Illinois Wildflowers

Aureolaria pedicularia at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Aureolaria pedicularia at Maine.gov’s Department of Conservation Maine Natural Areas Program

Aureolaria pedicularia on the Connecticut Botanical Society's Connecticut wildflowers site

Aureolaria pedicularia at the University of Wisconsin's Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium

Aureolaria pedicularia on Discover Life

Aureolaria pedicularia on www.inaturalist.org

Aureolaria pedicularia (Fernleaf Yellow False Foxglove, Northern Oak-leach)

8/7/2016 · Jeff Smith Trail, Jewett St., Pepperell, MA

Aureolaria pedicularia (Fernleaf Yellow False Foxglove, Northern Oak-leach)

8/7/2016 · Jeff Smith Trail, Jewett St., Pepperell, MA

Aureolaria pedicularia (Fernleaf Yellow False Foxglove, Northern Oak-leach)

8/16/2012 · Mt. Tom State Reservation, Dynamite Trail, Holyoke, MA
≈ 6 × 4" (15 × 10 cm) ID is uncertain

Aureolaria pedicularia (Fernleaf Yellow False Foxglove, Northern Oak-leach)

8/7/2016 · Jeff Smith Trail, Jewett St., Pepperell, MA

Aureolaria pedicularia description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 5 Oct 2016.

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Aureolaria pedicularia (Fernleaf Yellow False Foxglove, Northern Oak-leach)

8/7/2016 · Jeff Smith Trail, Jewett St., Pepperell, MA

Aureolaria pedicularia (Fernleaf Yellow False Foxglove, Northern Oak-leach)

8/16/2012 · Mt. Tom State Reservation, Dynamite Trail, Holyoke, MA
≈ 5 × 3½" (13 × 9.2 cm) ID is uncertain

Aureolaria pedicularia (Fernleaf Yellow False Foxglove, Northern Oak-leach)

8/16/2012 · Mt. Tom State Reservation, Dynamite Trail, Holyoke, MA
≈ 5 × 3½" (13 × 9.2 cm) ID is uncertain

Aureolaria pedicularia (Fernleaf Yellow False Foxglove, Northern Oak-leach)

8/17/2013 · Hopkinton State Park, Hopkinton, MA
≈ 8 × 5" (19 × 12 cm)

Aureolaria pedicularia (Fernleaf Yellow False Foxglove, Northern Oak-leach)

8/16/2012 · Mt. Tom State Reservation, Dynamite Trail, Holyoke, MA
≈ 9 × 6" (22 × 14 cm) ID is uncertain

Aureolaria pedicularia (Fernleaf Yellow False Foxglove, Northern Oak-leach)

8/17/2013 · Hopkinton State Park, Hopkinton, MA
≈ 8 × 5" (19 × 12 cm)

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