Thursday, May 21, 2015

Mayapples at Quigley Creek Natural Area

I spent the morning yesterday at the Quigley Creek Natural Area in Mecosta County where I was participating in a survey of the flora and fauna on the property.  This was the second trip that I have made to this property - a previous survey trip was made last July 31st.  We found a number of new species for the property, some of which I plan to share in a future post.  Today I just want to share my favorite plant photograph from yesterday.

This white flower and large umbrella-like leaves belong to the Mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum).  Because the flowers appear in the axil between the two leaf stalks, the Mayapple is a flower best viewed from below.

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