Swamp Walk

Date: August 27, 1998
Location: Lawrence Swamp, Amherst, Mass.
Plants seen: Alder (Alnus)
Beechdrops (Epifagus virginiana);
Common Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis);
Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis);
Glossy Buckthorn (Rhamnus frangula);
Goldthread (Coptis groenlandia);
Running Clubmoss (Lycopodium clavatum);
Tall Rattlesnake Root (Prenanthes trifoliata);
Notes: Dry.  My DEM guide, Amanda, taught me several new flowers and trees.  Especially interesting was a moist, brown leafless plant that lacked any green.  We later identified it as beechdrops, a parasite that feeds on the roots of beech trees.

When I pulled out my Newcomb's Wildflower Guide, Amanda informed me that her uncle, Gordon Morrison, illustrated it.

"Sedges have edges, rushes are round,
Grasses have joints, pass it around."
                             -- sixties botanical rhyme

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Lobelia cardinalis Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis).  By the bank of Hop Brook.  I still haven't mastered shooting flowers with my digital camera.
Mystery orchid? Beechdrops (Epifagus virginiana).   True to its name, it was near a stand of beech trees.
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