Thursday, May 6, 2010
The Trilliums Live!
I found them! I found them! The Nodding Trilliums live! A few posts back I mentioned the fears of New York botanists that this trillium seemed to be disappearing from our state, so I've been looking for them ever since I learned that, and today I found two in bloom on the Bog Meadow Trail. Just two. And one was very small.
I also found lots of trillium leaves without flowers, so maybe there will be many more here in the future. Let's hope. And let's also stop mowing them down. Please!
I'll be leading a nature walk on the Bog Meadow Trail on May 22 (go to Saratoga PLAN for details), so I scouted the trail today for possible features to point out to the folks who show up. Those trilliums might still be in bloom, and I also found Buckbean leaves protruding above the water in a trailside wetland. They'll probably be in bloom by the time we come by on our walk.
And so will the Glaucous Honeysuckle, which I found in bud today after several years of abandoning hope I would find it here again.
Glaucous is a beautiful native honeysuckle with blooms of purply orange and yellow, quite showy compared to what was blooming today. The Chokecherry shrubs had the showiest blooms, but I'm sure they will be long gone by May 22.
Green and white was the color scheme today, with Red Baneberry holding its puffy white blooms above its lacy green foliage.
The queen of green flowers is Solomon's Seal, with dainty bells dangling down from gracefully arching stems.
Blunt-leaved Sandwort holds its snowy petals apart so its star-shaped green sepals provide a perfect foil for the fuzzy white stamens surrounding its green pistillate parts. Masses of these small (1/2 inch) pretty blooms will be lining the trail now for several weeks to come.
This crowfoot has a touch of yellow to it, but you could hardly call it showy. It's only about a quarter inch across, and its petals are actually kind of green. The yellow parts are the anthers, massed around a bristly ball in the center. I'm not sure which species of crowfoot this is, since it doesn't exactly match what I find in my wildflower guides. Update: I guess I was looking on the wrong page! After wandering around Google I have determined that this is Hooked Crowfoot (Ranunculus recurvatus).
Here's a closer look at that bristly ball with its tiny protruding hooks. I guess this must be the pistillate part of the plant, where the seeds will form and reach out with those hooks to latch on to any passersby.