The book, "Plants of the Chesapeake Bay," by Lytton John Musselman & David Knepper (Johns Hopkins University Press) arrived in the Bay Journal office just before summer break. It is packed with details on wildflowers, grasses, aquatic vegetation, trees and shrubs found in and around the Bay. This puzzle was inspired by some of the plants featured in the book and their descriptions. Can you match them up? Answers are on page 21.
Southern Sea Blite
1. The large showy purple flowers of this plant attract humans and hummingbirds alike. Researchers are studying the natural oil found in the plant's black seeds to see if it is a possible source of biodiesel fuel.
2. The leaves of this lily can grow up to 5 feet wide. Decorative as well as delicious, American Indians strung its seeds into necklaces and ate them raw or ground into flour.
3. This plant, which grows along the Chesapeake's shores or in its waters, is beautiful but deadly. Its bright yellow, orchid-like flowers hide the carnivorous nature of this plant. Tentacles trick insects to enter the flower where a trapdoor sends them into tiny bladders filled with juices that digest the insect.
4. This tree is one of three in the Bay watershed that can grow in standing water. (The other two are bald cypress and tupelo.) It is found in tidal freshwater swamps.
5. Breaking or bruising the plant's 6-foot leaves produces a delightful fragrance. The plant is mentioned in
6. This leafless parasitic plant looks like a tangle of yellow string. They are found in tidal areas or along streams. It is believed this is because the plant needs the friction of the water to open its hard seed case.
7. Every part of this salty plant is edible. The ash left over after this plant is burned was once used to as an ingredient in making glass.
8. This purple-flowered plant grows in some of the Bay's saltiest water. They are pretty and pretty stinky — both humans and insects find them repellent.
9. This plant starts its life underwater. By the time it is done growing, it is the Bay's tallest marsh grass. Humans eat its seeds and it is so popular with waterfowl that it is planted in marshes where ducks are hunted. Popping is one of the methods used to prepare the long black seed.
1. Seashore Mallow
2. American Lotus
3. Rush-like Bladderwort
4. Pumpkin Ash
5. Sweet Flag
6. Five-angled Dodder
7. Southern Sea Blite
8. Marsh Fleabane
9. Wild Rice