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.
Blue Flag flowering yesterday at Bloomingdale Bog.
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.
Photographed June 13th, 2015 in the Bloomingdale Bog, Saranac Lakes Wild Forest, Adirondack Park, New York.
Pink lady’s slippers are in full swing in the North Country. Here are couple more from the other day.
Photographed May 29th, 2015 in Debar Mountain Wild Forest, Adirondack Park, New York.
Sorry, they’re just so darn photogenic. This is another one from earlier this season.
Photographed June 7th, 2014 at the Paul Smith’s College Visitor Interpretive Center, Adirondack Mountains, New York.
Photographed August 4th, 2014 in Saranac Lakes Wild Forest, Adirondack Mountains, New York.
Photographed August 15th, 2014 in the Thousand Islands, Ontario, Canada.
Photographed September 7th, 2014 in Five Ponds Wilderness, Adirondack Mountains, New York.
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.
Photographed August 20th, 2014 in Debar Mountain Wild Forest, Adirondack Mountains, New York.