Coast Larkspur (Delphinium decorum)
flowering in the coastal prairie on Bodega Head on 28 March 2013
Here's a close-up of this beautiful early spring wildflower. Unfortunately, they're rare on Bodega Head. This species is a California endemic (it's not found outside of the state).
Tonight I read in The Jepson Manual account that the genus, Delphinium, comes from the Latin for dolphin, and is named after the shape of the bud. I was a little puzzled by this, so I checked a few photos to look at the buds.
Here's one from today (see below). I'm not quite seeing "dolphin" here. (Maybe tadpole.) Are you?
But if the buds are dolphin-like, and a group of dolphins is called a pod, is the next image a pod of Delphinium buds?
Okay, seriously, if someone out there does know how to see a dolphin in a Delphinium bud, I'd love to hear more about it.
P.S. If you were intrigued by the worm last night, after receiving a little more information I included an addendum to that post.