Category Archives: Flora

Insects and Peppermints

Like a fuzzy mint confection, this Wool sower gall was a sweet treat for the eyes. Created by the Wool sower wasp (Callirhytis seminator) — or by its grubs — it’s apparently not dangerous to its host (a White oak, … Continue reading

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Huckleberry Found

Ranging from red through pink to white, bell-shaped flowers hung in small clusters on shrubs along a woodland path. They may belong to a Black huckleberry (Gaylussacia baccata) or something similar.

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Beginning to see the leaf

Although they look more like pink flowers, I think these fleshy lobes along the stem may be the emerging leaves — perhaps those of a Black cherry tree (Prunus serotina).

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Creature from the White Cocoon

Armored in green spikes, these catkins certainly look more menacing than the cottony centers from whence they came. Though pine-like in appearance, I think they’re on some type of willow tree.

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Common ground cover

Easy to miss because of their size, tiny white and blue flowers growing low to the ground were still worth a look as some of the first signs of the spring blooms to come. The blue ones might be Corn … Continue reading

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Frosted phragmites — they’re Grrrreat!

Bowing a bit under their icy coverings, these marsh reeds (probably Phragmites australis) withstood their first real winter storm.

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The Enchanted Gummy-bear Broccoli Forest

Looking as if someone had emptied boxes of frozen florets, gel-like green mushrooms sprouted here and there in one of the sandier sections of Weltz Park. The fungi might be some type of Waxcap (genus Hygrocybe).

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