Maramech Phenology

phenology (n): study of the influence of climate on recurring natural phenomena
1881, from German (phänologisch, Karl Fritsch, 1853) from Latin phaeno-, from Greek phaino-, from phainein “to show”

Show yourselves, little plants of Maramech Forest Preserve! It’s early April, time for some of you to wake up.

Phenology of Skunk Cabbage and Marsh Marigold
Hello skunk cabbage & marsh marigold. Laying low this year after last year’s early arrival eh?

Maramech Forest Preserve Ribes black currant gooseberry phenology bud burst
Hello extremely small currant leaves. Welcome back after your hibernation. I hope it was comfortable inside of those leaf buds.

Maramech Forest Preserve Viburnum lentago nannyberry phenology bud burst flower buds
Hello Viburnum flower buds. When you burst you look like brains.

The following plants are spring ephemerals.
These guys live in woodlands and bloom early in the year before the tree leaves come out.
That way, they can take advantage of the higher sunlight levels.

Maramech Forest Preserve Trillium leaves mosaic phenology
Hello tiny trillium leaves. You have an exquisite mosaic.

Maramech Forest Preserve cutleaf toothwort Cardamine
Hello cutleaf toothwort?

Maramech Forest Preserve Claytonia virginica spring beauty
Hello baby spring beauty?

Maramech Forest Preserve Dicentra
Hello tiniest Dicentra spp. flowers I’ve ever seen.

Maramech Forest Preserve Dicentra
Are you a squirrel corn or a Dutchman’s breeches? If I’d looked at your bulblets I’d know.
Anyhow, your foliage is already magnificent.

Maramech Forest Preserve waterleaf Hydrophyllum
Hello little waterleaf. Nice spots.

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