Tufted Loosestrife

Here’s something new: tufted loosestrife (Lysimachia thyrsiflora L.), also known as water loosestrife. I happened to stumble across it today at Paul Smiths. It occurs in the northern US and Canada, but has never been documented in Franklin County. It’s a wetland species, ranked S4 (apparently secure) in New York, but is threatened in New Hampshire.

Labrador Tea

Success. Not only was Arethusa flowering, but more was discovered! I’ll be returning tomorrow to wade through the water and conduct a formal count. In other news, labrador tea was in full bloom.
Labrador Tea
Labrador Tea in Full Bloom
Photographed June 13th, 2015 in the Bloomingdale Bog, Saranac Lakes Wild Forest, Adirondack Park, New York.

Wintergreen

Wintergreen is quite common throughout the Shawangunks and the Adirondacks, but I don’t actually see it flowering very often. The leaves and berries of the plant have a wonderful minty flavor, but can sometimes have a hint of bitterness.
Wintergreen
Photographed August 20th, 2014 in Debar Mountain Wild Forest, Adirondack Mountains, New York.