I have spotted these tiny purple star-shaped flowers throughout the yard. They are a member of the angiosperms family of woody and non-woody forms of plants. Considered the most diverse of all plants, they reproduce via flowers and seeds contained in fruits (Mississippiplants.org). They like to “hide” among other ground cover plants such as clover and chickweed.
Also in patches throughout the yard, the dainty little oxalis flowers open up in the morning, and close at dusk for the evening.
Also enjoying hiding in the mini-ecosystem, Beyoncé appreciates the tall grasses that make a cozy napping spot in the sun.
Along with my lesson on Angiosperms, I learned about Gymnosperms and Bryophytes and Sporophytes. Pine trees are members of the Gymnosperms family of woody trees and shrubs, and reproduction is via seeds in cones, visible in the upper right corner. Mosses are small plants that do not have vascular tissues, and are found in moist habitats and shady forests, both of which are found in abundance on this hillside. They are members of the Bryophytes and Sporophytes plants group. This is a small specimen that popped up on a former porch rail that I was in process of dismantling. These have “star-like individual sporophytes” and I find these in small patches on trees generally. Then there are those gorgeous velvety green mounds that cover portions of the ground in the woods across the driveway