Flying between these absurdly large flowers of hybrid rose mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos), this bumblebee was practically glowing yellow from all the pollen.But note how the wings remain mostly clean. Bees are hairy, the hairs statically charged to help pollen stick to them. Of course, you wouldn’t want your wings to be laden with pollen or anything else when you fly.
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Tags: Brooklyn, Brooklyn Bridge Park, flowers, plants
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Tags: flowers, fungus, Maine, mushrooms, plants
A few more from Maine. Here’s Low-bush Blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium) in flower. I’m mad for those little Maine blueberries, which I get frozen and eat all winter.Starflower (Trientalis borealis).Bunchberry (Cornus canadensis), a wildflower relation of Dogwood.Jack-in-the-Pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum) needs to be revealed. Hiding its light under a bushel. This is a plant I’ve never run across locally, and more is the pity.A lichen? Red-belted or banded polyphore (Fomitopsis pinicola).A fine example of witch’s broom, whereby something (fungi, insects, mites, nematodes, viruses, etc. are all possibilities) causes the plant to grow wildly thusly. They are variations on the principal of the gall: another life form hijacking the plant’s own growth systems. In this case, the intruding element interferes with the hormone that limits bud growth, and the tree goes wild.
Blue Flag Iris (Iris versicolor) blooming now. These are also known as Wild Iris, Harlequin Blueflag, and Northern Blue Flag. Look for them in swamps, marshes, and wet shorelines from Virginia to Canada. Watch honeybees and native bees land on the large petal, which must look AMAZING in their ultraviolet-shifted vision, and scoot down into the nectary through the roofed-over passage. Sometimes they’ll exit on the side if they are small enough.
Heart-leaved Groundsel (Packera aurea).Squawroot (Conopholis americana), needs a new common name.Pinxterbloom azalea (Rhododendron periclymenoides).Jacob’s Ladder (Polemonium van-bruntiae).Toadshade (Trillium sessile).
Large-flowered Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum), also known as White Trillium and White Wake-Robin. “Wake-robin” is a name for trilliums in general, (as well as Jack-in-the-Pulpits); it was also the title of John Burroughs’s first book. The name comes from these flowers’ early spring blooming, in time for the birds, including the robins, arriving from the south. The White Wake-Robin in particular is big and bold, a sight for sore night-flying eyes? According to Gracie, it can take 16 years for one of these white trilliums to bloom in the wild after the seed has set. As the bloom ages this spring, it will turn pink.
These were all seen in the Native Flora Garden at the Brooklyn Wedding Venue, where I also made another surprising discover, which I will detail later today.
Is well underway. There are events until Sunday in all the boroughs. Some of the things you might see include the following, which are blooming now:
Spiderwort (Tradescantia virginiana).Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum). Celandine Poppy (Stylophorum diphyllum). And, in the hiding the light under the bushel department, the Mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum). This lovely white flower grows underneath its two deeply cleft leaves. Plants without flowers have a single leaf. And speaking of hidden: the unusual flower of Wild Ginger (Asarum canadense), which grows at the base of the heart-shaped leaves, down in the leaf-litter. Both Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide and Gracie’s Spring Wildflowers of the Northeast call this odd flower “curious.”
There are alternative names, long cultural histories, and much else associated with these ephemeral flowers, which you should look up. Meanwhile, don’t pick, trample, pee on, or otherwise troll these fragile blossoms. It takes a lot of maintenance to keep these things growing in the face of feet, paws, invasives, tires, ATVs, and all the assaults urban parks are subject to. There is a terrible irony in the fact that the natural habitats of our region must be protected from… us. These blooms were all seen in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
(Thanks to Sarah and Chris for helping with identifications.)