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Rich Laramore

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A couple from yesterday, and an I.D. request.
« : April 05, 2012, 08:32:21 AM »
I took my daughter down to St. Louis to drop her off on her spring break trip to Grammy's in PA. On the way back we stopped at South Shore State Park outside of Carlyle. We found many cool plants including this Dwarf Larkspur.


Dwarf Larkspur (Delphinium tricorne) by Laramore, on Flickr

Dwarf Larkspur (Delphinium tricorne) by Laramore, on Flickr

When we got to Vandalia we headed down through the Kaskaskia Bottoms. In the small woodlot that you drive through we stopped for a potty break for my son. There I noticed this Toothwort blooming on the edge of the road. I am kicking myself for not getting a shot of the whole plant.


Cutleaf Toothwort (Dentaria laciniata) by Laramore, on Flickr

If anyone has a problem  with my I.D.'s let me know. I will post a report on the birds I saw in a bit.

I am also wondering if anyone can help me I.D. this plant. It was growing on the edge of a field, they are fairly common but I can't find a match. Some type of Aster? I am guessing it is considered more of a weed than a wildflower and probably is not even native.


Unknown by Laramore, on Flickr
« : April 05, 2012, 08:51:37 AM Rich Laramore »
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Re: A couple from yesterday, and an I.D. request.
« #1 : April 16, 2012, 02:27:03 PM »
Rich--
that last one looks like Daisy Fleabane, Erigeron annuus, or something quite closely related.  i can't quite tell enough from the leaves in your picture.  here's a few links from a site you may find helpful:

Erigeron annuus:
http://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/weeds/plants/an_fleabane.htm

Erigeron strigosus:
http://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/prairie/plantx/ds_fleabanex.htm

E. philadelphicus:
http://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/prairie/plantx/ph_fleabanex.htm

BTW, love your macro pics, except those morels make me hungry... 

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Re: A couple from yesterday, and an I.D. request.
« #2 : April 16, 2012, 03:44:48 PM »
Thanks Elliot. I forgot to post here that I found the I.D. on that one. You are right as far as I can tell.

I have a couple more that I can't figure out.

These were in an open area on an East facing hillside.

? by Laramore, on Flickr

? by Laramore, on Flickr

These were in the woods. At first I thought they were Dutchman's Breeches. But now I am not so sure.

? by Laramore, on Flickr

? by Laramore, on Flickr

This last one I know, but it is too beautiful to not post.

Wild Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) by Laramore, on Flickr
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Re: A couple from yesterday, and an I.D. request.
« #3 : April 16, 2012, 07:12:58 PM »
i think your first one is Fly-Poison, Amianthium muscaetoxicum, a plant that has toxic alkaloids that may be poisonous and/or potentially deadly to humans and mammals.  i don't know much about that plant, but i do know that the pretty ones are sometimes deadly -- nice smiles but very sharp teeth.  oh right, plants.

your second less-menacing beauty is definitely a Shooting Star, Dodecatheon meadia, the perennial wildflower early pioneers dubbed 'prairie pointers.'  it takes 5-6 years for them to reach flowering stage from seedlings, which is one reason restoring prairie plants like these is challenging.  shooting stars are considered iconic by some, but moreover indicate high-quality habitat.

keep up the good walks! 

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Re: A couple from yesterday, and an I.D. request.
« #4 : April 17, 2012, 05:16:43 AM »
Very cool Elliot. Thank you!
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Re: A couple from yesterday, and an I.D. request.
« #5 : May 29, 2012, 06:03:45 PM »
Hi Rich,

The flowers on the east-facing hillside are actually Wild Hyacinth (Camassia scilloides).

Best regards,
Travis Mahan
Decatur, IL
Macon County

 

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