An attempt to relocate a 30+ year old record for Cypripedium parviflorum resulted in this thing -- actually 3 of these small, weak-looking things, which look an awful lot like Cypripedium, but I just can't say for sure. Could be Epipactis?
This population was found under trees on a steep stream bank. Growing with Krigia biflora, Amphicarpaea bracteata, and Vicia caroliniana. The Vicia is significant, I think, because I notice it often grows in the same sites where Cypripedium grows (or used to grow) but seems to be able to persist in shaded conditions longer than that species.
Local; scattered population of 15-25 plants on mesic slope above stream in beech woods; strongly associated with mossy hummocks. Only two plants flowering, one male (long inflorescence), and one female (short inflorescence).
On granite boulder
Scattered plants with narrow, green leaves and flower stalks half grown distinguish this variety from nearby patches of var. tricoccum, which are nearly completely yellowed and wilted away without any sign of a flowering stalk
Uncommon, few plants observed; prairie-like forest edge on eroding slope, soil calcareous; plants perennial.
Locally common; eroding calcareous slope; less common in open areas, tending to reach greatest abundance under trees.
Infrequent; oaky slopes above wetland; soils with some calcareous influence, uncommon for this region. all observed plants with pale yellow flowers only.
Local; eroding slope above Cuyahoga River valley.
And one more for good luck. ;)
This species does not produce four-leaved clovers as much as T. repens does.... Adjacent to the plant in the photo there was a patch of T. repens which had an overwhelming amount of 4-, 5-, and 6-leaved clovers... must be something in the soil. This was photographed at the edge of an active cornfield...
I now have enough luck to last me for at least a decade, I think...
Uncommon, only 1 individual seen, resting on decorticated log, edge of mesophytic forest.
Uncommon; rich, moist slope under black maple. Associated with Diplazium pycnocarpon, Deparia acrostichoides, and Osmunda claytoniana. Pretty nice company, I'd say.
Locally common; rich, moist slopes, black maple forest above RR tracks.
It's hard to pick one, but this is probably my favorite fern. Always a smile when I come across it.
infrequent; rich, moist slopes above RR tracks, in light gaps in woods.
Locally common; rich slope above RR tracks, achieving greatest abundance in light gaps. I noticed this population exhibited herbivory from some unknown insect (I suspect a species of lepidoptera, but I could find no caterpillars -- perhaps they hide in leaf duff during the day?).
Uncommon; stream terrace in mesic woods. I noticed the flowers were popular with ants...
I came too late. All of these were past peak bloom, and it was difficult to find plants with more than one flower. I had to get a little creative to find an interesting shot ...
Local, single population restricted to stream terrace, edge of mesic woods.