Monday, December 19, 2022

Rosa setigera, Euonymus alatus and stealthy vowels

I wasn't sure what this productive rose species was.

Based on the bristles on the hips, the size and shape of the hip and the size of the clusters I think it is Rosa setigera or "Illinois Prairie Rose". I brought some hips home with me and will try to sprout the seeds. I will also take a few cuttings.

The thorns are ferocious. That is not a bad the right place.

I was scouting out places to go fishing for carp. Proud, I am not.

This plant caught my attention. It keys-out as Euonymus alatus. Notable for using so many vowels in its name. Unlike Rosa setigera, it is not a native to North America.


Old McDonald had a farm.
And on this farm she had a rose bush
With an "Ouch!" "Ouch!" here
and an "Ouch!", "Ouch!" there,
here an "Ouch!", there an "Ouch!"
Everywhere an "Ouch", "#$%^& OUCH!!!"
Old McDonald had a farm
A-E-I-O-U...and sometimes Y and W...

Little known factoid: Under the rules of phonetics "W" is sometimes a vowel.

Consider the word "Willow". The second "w" is silent and makes the vowel (O) in front of it "say its own name". That is, it functions as a vowel.


  1. Interesting ID on the plant. Have something very similair to that here in EastTN, was IDd as a winged elm.

    1. I too would have initially jumped on winged elm, but 'opposite' branching tips it to Euonymus.

  2. Any recipes for carp you'd like to share?

    1. Bake it on a shingle, throw it out, eat the shingle.

  3. W is a consonant. It is silent; not a vowel. Else, we could say that the b is silent in the word ‘lamb’ and is therefore a vowel. Clearly that is not the case. Silent letters and vowels are two very different things.


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