In trying to catch up, my next couple of posts, at least as I am planning them, will just be highlights of the last several months. I'll hit on sites and species in more detail later in the year. This post contains photographs from four botanical outings in Indiana in late April.
|Showy Orchis (Galearis spectabilis)|
|Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis)|
|Northern Sweetgrass (Anthoxanthum hirtum)|
|Azure Bluets (Houstonia caerulea)|
|Canadian Lousewort (Pedicularis canadensis ssp. canadensis)|
The following day, Keith Board and I botanized together in central Indiana. Our primary target was Kittentails (Besseya bullii); in addition to finding our target, we saw numerous other plants of interest.
|Kittentails (Besseya bullii)|
|Bastard Toadflax (Comandra umbellata ssp. umbellata)|
|Sanddune Wallflower (Erysimum capitatum var. capitatum)|
|Narrowleaf Stoneseed (Lithospermum incisum)|
|Cleft Phlox (Phlox bifida ssp. bifida)|
|Pride of Ohio (Dodecatheon meadia ssp. meadia)|
|Crowpoison (Nothoscordum bivalve)|
|Leonard's Skullcap (Scutellaria parvula var. missouriensis)|
|Virginia Spiderwort (Tradescantia virginiana)|
|Common Goldstar (Hypoxis hirsuta)|
The following Saturday (28 April), I decided to hike several miles along the St. Joseph River in St. Joseph County, Indiana with hopes of relocating an historic population of Kittentails. Unfortunately, there were no Kittentails to be found (though I did find habitat at several locations), but I came away with new county records of a couple of plant species, as well as photographs of several other interesting plants.
|Tinted Woodland Spurge (Euphorbia commutata)|
|Aunt Lucy (Ellisia nyctelea)|
|Robin's Plantain (Erigeron pulchellus var. pulchellus)|
On the following day (29 April), I visited Stockwell Woods in LaPorte County, Indiana to collect and photograph a new county record that I observed in a post-flowering state in 2011. Although I drove to the site specifically for the first plant pictured below, I couldn't resist spending a bit more time botanizing the preserve on this beautiful June-like April day.
|Fernleaf Phacelia (Phacelia bipinnatifida)|
|Birdfoot Violet (Viola pedata)|
This concluded a busy April of botanizing, but little did I realize at that time just how much busier the next couple of months would be. Hopefully I have time to summarize my May, June, and July botanizing expeditions before August is upon us.