ANGIOSPERMS: The Hike

This weekend the Outdoorsmen hiked their way to the waterfall submerged in the forests of Lynn Headwaters Regional Park, Norvan Falls marked the transition to summer hiking season for the group- a time filled with angiosperms.

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We walked across the Lynn Creek Bridge where Jess and I, who have been to this park before were impressed by the new presence of trees over the course of the past 6 months, specifically deciduous trees.

It’s interesting to walk through the new paths of broad trees with their thick blades which are structured for maximum efficiency in photosynthesis. Flowering plants seemingly boomed out everywhere on this hike, as their ability to lose leaves and have roots modified for storage makes them ideal candidates for otherwise tricky places to survive.

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As we walked alongside the creek and through the second growth Cedar pathway, we were brought to light of the uniqueness of flowers like buttercups and daisies growing in cracks between rocks.

It’s interesting to point out that the high presence of bees will assist in the reproduction in flowering plants which begins with pollination. Our little pollen transfers live prominently during warm seasons, allowing the pollen from anther and stigma on the same flower or to the stigma of another flower to exist more, thus creating a new variety of new plants.

The common connecting link between all flowering plants is that they produce sexual reproductive organs called flowers. A flower is composed of 4 major parts: petals, sepals, stamens and one or more pistils.

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It is an interesting thought to ponder on, that angiosperms are a crucial source of food for animals and the animals at the same time assist in their existence. This cycle of creation is pretty wicked, once you really get a chance to think about it and lucky for you, that’s what I’m here for!

However, after the first 4km and lack of stumbling across the Cottonwood trees, or other angiosperm tree, I have realized that angiosperms are too diverse of a group to characterize into common themes. Certain plants that are capable of producing flowers and fruit look so diverse from each other, one wouldn’t know they were part of the same classification. Herbs and woody plants and non-woody plants are all angiosperms- there is too many! AHHH!!!

Ah well, life goes on. We frolicked into the trail we walked through opened up into a clearing known as a debris chute.  We walked towards rocky debris and rushing waters, where we snacked on some fruit (congruently).

Moss covered branches and grounds followed the next section of our hike, with certain colorful plants peaking through. Which led me to a small discussion about this group which includes more than 250,000 species, and at least 12,000 genera.

The bright color of the flower is there to lure  insects, birds, bats to itself, making it the most attractive, the most broad and the most hard to remember all of the names to different local angiosperm life.

This process has dramatically increased the diversity of flowering plants because it creates different colors among species, lack or presence of pedals and diversity among leaves.  However among these guys, the similarity that keeps them through is that flowering plants possess very efficient water conducting cells, called vessel elements.
Eventually, the sound of rushing water snapped us out of the biology lesson and we saw we were close to Norvan Creek. After walking over the suspension bridge for fun, we ended up trailing towards Norvan Falls, where we gobbled at lunch and marveled at nature under the summer sun, with a glowing promise that this is only the first hike of the most sundry season of plants.

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