Thursday, June 2, 2011

More flowers

A few more flowers! These are from Abraham's Woods, near Albany, Wisconsin. This is a rich, lush woodland owned the UW Arboretum and reserved for research. There are some lovely ferns here that will be the focus of the next post. Abraham's Woods is right on the edge of the Driftless Area, a large part of southwestern Wisconsin that was never glaciated during the most recent Ice Ages. At the rear of the site (the southwest corner), there is a large upslope of loess, soil blown over from the unglaciated area that mounded up and which now forms a thick, dense soil. That's where the ferns are. The flowers are everywhere! Above is Sanguineria canadensis, Bloodroot, showing its leaves, a flower, and a nice little capsule fruit on the left.

Below we have Claytonia virginica (Spring Beauty), Erythronium albidum (White Trout Lily), Dentaria or Cardamine (Toothwort), Arisaema triphyllum (Jack-in-the-Pulpit), and the beautiful leaves of Hepatica, with some maidenhair ferns thrown in for good measure:

Next up is one of my absolute favorite spring flowers: the Bellwort, Uvularia grandiflora:

And another yellow-flowering spring bloomer, the Yellow Forest Violet,
Viola pubescens, and finally, a beautiful spread of Waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum) and False Rue Anemone (Enemion biternatum):

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