Very small with vertical dark stripes and spots
About thirty total fruiting bodies appeared in a neighbor's yard after heavy rainfall. About 10cm across.
These caterpillars are eating my red twig dogwood.
Remnant prairie dropseed prairie of western lake Michigan Dunes.
capsules not exceding the perianth
...tentative. Let me know if you disagree. The leaves feel less thick than Salix myricoides, which I am more confident about. I have seen this plant called discolor, but I feel like what I call discolor normally doesn't have such a finely serrated margin (rather, discolor is coarsely and/or sparsely toothed).
This was a plant within yards of the S. myracoides I posted.
This is another location in a sandy, mesic prairie. Young stems here are densely pubescent, but stipules are absent. The leaves on this willow feel especially thick and smooth.
Leaves were puberulent below (the way to tell this from herbacea)
That's not what I thought this was at first, but leaves are opposite low and alternate high, the stem is hairy, and the petioles are winged, so it keys here in Swink and Wilhelm. ...no flowers.
I find these tall Hieracium spp. a bit confusing. They usually don't key well. I am fairly sure of this plant, but in other places I have found highly varied populations with individuals that key to kalmii and either scabrum or umbellatum.
It seems to Key nice there for WI, because the inflorescence is too long for filiformis and the plant was not clumped:
Our plants would be var. balticus, which I believe is synonymous with Juncus balticus.