Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Rare Finds, Indeed!
Remember that recent excursion my friend Evelyn and I took to a cedar swamp on Pyramid Lake? (See my blog post for June 23.) I got a note today from Steve Young, Chief Botanist for the New York Natural Heritage Program, telling us that two of the plants we found that day were rare finds, indeed! The Pink Pyrola (Pyrola asarifolia) he told us hadn't been found in Essex County since 1941, when a man named Homer House found it growing in nearby Paradox Lake. Here's a close-up shot of one of dozens we found at Pyramid Lake a couple of weeks ago. (To see a full-plant photo of one we found in another county, see my blog post for June 18.)
And the Small Bur-reed (Sparganium natans) we found was last reported in Essex County in 1931, when it was found in Upper Ausable Lake in the high peaks area of the Adirondacks, quite a few miles away from Pyramid Lake. As this photo shows, it seems to have found a happy home in Pyramid Lake.