A Showy Hedgenettle - Observation of the Week, 5/21/24

Our Observation of the Week is this Stachys lavandulifolia hedgenettle plant, seen in Georgia by @​​crocusadamii!

Like many of us, Beka Sukhitashvili was fascinated by nature as a child but then turned away from it as they grew. 

As a child, I lived in a village for several years, which greatly influenced my outlook. Flowers have always fascinated me. As a teenager, I became completely immersed in urban life and had less and less time to observe the environment. Everything changed in 2020 when the pandemic hit my country. In Tbilisi, near my house, is Turtle Lake, where I started walking every weekend. At first it was just walking and relaxing, but gradually I became interested in the surrounding plants. I remember very well that the first flower I was interested in finding out the name of was Crocus speciosus. It remains my favorite flower to this day, and the genus is my favorite in general.

Now, as an amateur naturalist, my main goal is to study species and determine their exact Latin names, as well as take high-quality photos. I want to be able to record as many species as possible in the area of Tskneti/Turtle Lake/Mtatsminda and for that I created a project on iNaturalist.

Last month, Beka was hiking in the area and came across the plant you see above.

When I go to observe plants, I don't have a predetermined goal. While walking, I try to find the most beautiful flowering plant and try to take a high-quality photo with a camera, then process it and upload it to iNaturalist.

I noticed the Stachys on the side of Mtatsminda, in rocky and sandy places. I had never seen it before and was happy to add another species to my collection. I am a little dissatisfied with the quality of the photos, but in the future, since I already know the place where this flower grows, I will try to take better photos.

I was initially drawn to Beka’s observation because, in addition to being beautiful, it’s strikingly different from the Stachys species we have in California. Turns out that Stachys (a genus in the Mint family) has over 300 species and is distributed throughout much of the world, so it’s quite diverse. Stachys lavandulifolia is found natively in the Caucasus Mountains, in addition to Iraq and Iran, and as the Missouri Botanical Garden says, “the flowers are a show-stopper.”

Beka (above), says he found iNaturalist this year. 

I like the fact that I can easily search for information about a particular species and see in which region of Georgia it was observed. For example, Crocus vallicola is not mentioned in Georgian plant guides, but I came across it on iNaturalist and I was very happy.

I also like that I can compare my observations with those of others and thus identify the species. The site is multi-functional, which makes it attractive. I also like to help identify others’ observations.

(Photo of Beka by Beka’s brother Saba Sukhitashvili,. Some quotes have been lightly edited for clarity.)


- take a look at some of the most-faved Stachys observations on iNat!

Publicado el mayo 21, 2024 03:15 TARDE por tiwane tiwane

Comentarios

Wow! Congratulations!

Publicado por drnamgyal04 hace alrededor de 1 mes

@tiwane @drnamgyal04 Thank you!

Publicado por crocusadamii hace alrededor de 1 mes

It is a “show-stopper!” I love seeing the flora from this part of the world because it is familiar, yet very different. Thank you for sharing on iNaturalist.

Publicado por maryah hace alrededor de 1 mes

Welcome to iNaturalist, and good luck finding lots of new flowering plants!

Publicado por susanhewitt hace alrededor de 1 mes

Beautiful observation! Congrats!

Publicado por jcochran706 hace alrededor de 1 mes

Georgian - a language with its own unique and beautiful script!

Publicado por dianastuder hace alrededor de 1 mes

@maryah @susanhewitt @jcochran706 @dianastuder Thanks all for your kind words!

Publicado por crocusadamii hace alrededor de 1 mes

lindo

Publicado por elkinjmf hace alrededor de 1 mes

Gorgeous!

Publicado por skatingflamingo hace alrededor de 1 mes

Gamarjoba!!! I lived in Vaka for a few months back in 2014. Absolutely love Georgia

Publicado por codyhough hace alrededor de 1 mes

Great observation! Good Luck with your project!

Publicado por derrell_d hace alrededor de 1 mes
Publicado por crocusadamii hace alrededor de 1 mes

Mountains are blessed with enormous plant Material

Publicado por suheelahmad99 hace 24 días

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