Wednesday, April 27, 2011

April 26, 2011 Two Wooded Sections of the Pumpkinvine

Yesterday I looked for what was blooming along two wooded sections of the The Pumpkinvine Nature Trail  - 1.) the section under construction from Elkhart CR 43 east, half-way to LaGrange CR 1150, and 2.) the completed trail near Elkhart CR 33.  The woods near CR 33 are more mature and appear to have been less heavily logged and grazed than the woods near CR 43.  There are some beech in the CR 33 section, but not at CR 43.
Beech tree on west side of the trail just south of CR 33

Looking west down the Pumpkinvine from the bridge under construction in section of trail west of CR 43

This is the first time I've been to the CR 43 section in the spring.  Her is what was blooming 4/26/11:
Spring Beauty - Claytonia virginica
Round-lobed Hepatica  - Hepatica nobilis  var. obtusa
Bloodroot - Sanguinaria canadensis  It is surprising how many Bloodroot are blooming in late April.
Purple Springcress - Cardamine douglassi
Spicebush - Lindera benzoin
Common Blue Violet - Viola sororia
Yellow Violet - Viola pubescens
Blue Phlox - Phlox divaricata
Larged-flowered Trillium - Trillium grandiflorum  Not fully open; many in bud.
Large-flowered Bellwort - Uvularia grandiflora  Many of these relatively uncommon flowers.
Large-flowered Bellwort Lily Family
This is the fourth time I've walked the CR 33 section this spring.  All of the flowers listed in our April 21 & 17 entries are still blooming. Yellow Trout Lily, Spring Beauty and Common Blue Violet are at their peak.
Yellow Trout Lily  Lily Family

Spring Beauty  Purslane Family
Common Blue Violet  Violet Family

New bloomers as of 4/26/11 are -

Large-flowered Trillium  - Trillium grandiflorum
Blue Phlox - Phlox divaricata
Buttercup - Ranunculus species ??
Large-flowered Trillium  Lily Family

Blue Phlox  Phlox Family
 Below is a most unusual "bloomer" that decorated the trail on 4/26/11!

Sign propped up on a tree on trail just south of CR 33

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