I cast around until I found a couple of plants that had flowered. The flowers were long dead, but still held their shape.
|Side view, and top view. The flower head is less than 1 cm tall.|
Each flower head stands on its own stalk, taller than the leafy stems, but still under about 10 inches high. The individual flowers sit down in a little cup; I think they have 6 petals.
I wanted to get a better look at the shape of the leaves, too. The top ones are like little salad servers, half fork, half spoon, all covered with a white felt.
Lower down on the stem, the leaves have broken free from the felt, and opened up into a long, three-pronged arrangement.
|One lower leaf, abut 1.5 cm long, just over 1/2 inch. The "buttons" seem to be tips of small teeth.|
Several people have suggested one of the Artemisia, the wormwoods and mugworts; so far, I haven't been able to find one like this.
Afterwards, I walked around the park and the surrounding bush in the blistering sunlight, under my rainy-day umbrella, wondering why I hadn't thought of this long ago. And the camera was happy, too; an even light, no glare, truer colours. We brought home a nice batch of photos to process and share.