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Wild Flowers of Sleepy Hollow Lake
- Daisy (Chrysanthemum leucanthemum) -
- Also called Field or Ox-eye Daisy and Bruisewort -
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wfshl-daisy1.jpg (56506 bytes)(Daisy - 1The daisy, a native of Europe, was brought to the United States and has spread across the country.  There is only one variety.  The narrow toothed leaves can be seen in the left half of the photo.   A single daisy flower grows on top of a single stem.


wfshl-daisy2.jpg (36317 bytes)(Daisy - 2According to the literature, the Daisy has between 20 and 30 white petals radiating out from its central yellow disk; however, we counted 34 petals on this flower.  In the mature flower the central yellow disk is more funnel shaped than flat, as the term disk implies.


wfshl-daisy3.jpg (46155 bytes)(Daisy - 3The central yellow disk of the daisy has an almost hypnotic appearance as if it were in motion.  The daisy has an acrid tasting juice which grazing animals avoid.  The crushed leaves were used for healing bruises which led to the name, bruisewort.  The juice was also thought to prevent gout.  Perhaps the reason was that the acrid taste led to a loss of appetite, and in turn to eating less animal flesh which would reduce the major cause of gout.   It was also thought to stunt the growth of dogs, perhaps for the same reason (loss of appetite).


wfshl-daisy4.jpg (47643 bytes)(Daisy - 4This enlarged photo of the central yellow disk shows the detail of the outward radiating structure as if the slightly descending funnel shape were spinning and the yellow was being flung out.  This is just another example of the "sophistication" and wonder of God's creation that should cause us to want to protect our environment.


(Daisy - 05)  This little wasp has come to dine on the nectar of the daisy's newly opening disk flowers.





(Daisy - 05a)  This is a wasp's eye view of the daisy's lunch guest.  In this photo, we can also see that the outer disk flowers open before the inner ones.





(Daisy - 06)  This is another one of nature's little bouquets.  Here the daisies are growing with red clover.





(Daisy - 06a)  In this photo, we can see that some of the daisy's white ray flowers have been damaged.






(Daisy - 07)  This is another look at the daisies with our friend wasp on the daisy in the background.





(Daisy - 07a)  We are always fascinated by the wonders of God's creation, such as the swirled pattern of the daisy's disk flower buds.






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Presented here are just a few of the countless components of God's creation.  Just as we cannot have human and animal life without water and plants, neither can we have lasting peace without love and compassion.  It is our hope and prayer that this series will motivate people to live and act in a cruelty-free manner; that we would no longer hurt or destroy each other, the animals or our environment.

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