Sorry, this one's a bit graphic. Out of the corner of my eye while driving 50 mph, this resembled a massasauga rattlesnake, which are reputed to live (at least formerly) in the area. I stopped to get a closer look.
And no, I didn't run over this. It was a cold, windy day, so I presume this guy had ventured onto the asphalt to warm up for a little while. Alas, it was the last idea he had and it wasn't a particularly good one.
Locally abundant in boggy margin of Decodon marsh and widely scattered elsewhere throughout marsh-swamp forest complex.
I came here hoping to find Dalibarda, but had no luck. Goldthread is not a bad consolation, though--especially as I had attempted to find this plant in Summit and Portage counties earlier this spring without success. Nice to see it here.
Locally common in boggy openings in hemlock-hardwood swamp woods. Frequently growing on moss-covered root masses of overturned trees, much less common in forest duff under hemlocks in deeper shade.
Very small white flowers. Alternate, lanceolate, toothed leaves. Small round pods below the flowers.
About 2' tall. Opposite divided leaves. Flower parts indistinguishable. Stems hairy.
Light pink-purple flowers with 5 regular parts.Opposite leaves. Leaves palmately divided into 3 leaflets,leaflets pinnately lobed. Stems and sepals hairy. About 6" tall.
Free-standing shrub about 5' tall with few spreading branches. I got all excited because I thought this was T. rydbergii, but the petioles appear to be finely pubescent and T. rydbergii is supposed to be completely glabrous. Strike out. I have never seen T. radicans grow to such a height without support, but perhaps growing on sand dunes makes it do strange things. There was a cottonwood tree directly next to the specimen in the picture that had several lianas on it. I would have to (grudgingly) assume they were from the same clone.
Abundant; both upright and high-climbing plants throughout cottonwood-hackberry-basswood dune woods and along lake shore.
Still searching for E. davidii. I got a photo of the leaf undersides on this one, but I don't see any hairs with abruptly widened bases that would be diagnostic for E. davidii; instead, all the hairs appear to be of consistent thickness their entire length.
Rare; few plants along trail through weedy sand dune thicket.