Wednesday, April 27, 2011

April 26, 2011 Shoup-Parsons Woods

Flooded section of Shoup - Parsons Woods
Shoup - Parsons Woods is a Goshen Parks property just below the Goshen Dam.  Currently a small section of the trail is flooded by the Elkhart River, but most of the trail is passable.  There is a surprising diversity of plants in this small, heavily used woods.  Yesterday the following were in bloom:

Common Blue Violet - Viola sororia
Yellow Violet - Viola pubescens
Cut-leaved Toothwort - Cardamine concatenata
Purple Springcress - Cardamine douglassi
Toad Trillium - Trillium sessile
Prairie Trillium - Trillium recurvatum  (Flowers just beginning to open.)
Spring Beauty - Claytonia virginica
False Rue Anemone - Enemion biternatum
Buttercup - Ranunculus  species  (Uncertain which species of Buttercup this is.)
Jack-in-the Pulpit - Arisaema triphyllum  (Just coming up)
Dutchman's Breeches - Dicentra cucullaria
Spicebush - Lindera benzoin  (A shrub; the pistil will develop into an aromatic red berry)

False Rue Anemone
Jack-in-the-Pulpit, just coming up

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