Monday, May 6, 2013

What's in the woods? - 2, 4 & 5 May 2013

With the sudden warm weather, the Spring ephemeral wildflowers have reached their peak across Mid-Michigan.  Many species have actually passed their peak and are on the downslide.  A few of the species that can be found in bloom right now include Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis), Large-flowered Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum), Yellow Trout Lily (Erythronium americanum), False Rue Anemone (Enemion biternatum), Dutchman's Breeches (Dicentra cucullaria), Squirrel Corn (Dicentra canadensis), Spring Beauty (Claytonia virginica), Skunk Cabbage (Syplocarpus foetidus), Marsh Marigold (Caltha palustris), Common Blue Violet (Viola sororia), Downy Yellow Violet (Viola pubescens), Cut-leaved Toothwort (Cardamine concatenata), and Blue Cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides).

The first photograph is from last Thursday (02 May 2013) at Pickens Field in Mt. Pleasant.

False Rue Anemone

The next three photographs  were taken Saturday (04 May 2013)at the southbound US-127 rest stop near St. Johns, MI.

Yellow Trout Lily

Spring Beauty

Large-flowered Trillium

The remaining photographs were taken yesterday (05 May 2013) at Chipp-A-Waters Park in Mt. Pleasant.

Dutchman's Breeches foliage, flowers, and seed pods

Large-flowered Trillium and Cut-leaved Toothwort (lower right)

Squirrel Corn

Spring Beauty flowers and Bloodroot leaves

The following fern pictures are also from yesterday at Chipp-A-Waters Park.  Fern identification is something that I need to work on, so for now these will remain unlabeled.

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