Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Random Plants From The Indiana Dunes

Harebell is occasional in those few Black Oak savanna remnants that still have a little sunlight getting in, and abundant on thinly wooded foredunes near Lake Michigan. Its thin stems allow it to dance on the breeze - rather delightful until you attempt to get a photo. Cauline leaves are linear - the species name refers to basal leaves that are somewhat round in outline, though in my view they tend to be reniform.
Campanula rotundifolia (Harebell)

The French fur trappers called this little subshrub "Petit The Des Bois," meaning "Little Tea of the Woods."
Gaultheria procumbens (Wintergreen, Teaberry)

Asclepias incarnata (Swamp Milkweed) and Honey Bee

Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Milkweed) and Honey Bee

3 comments:

Ecesis Factor said...

beautiful stuff. i love to "get my botany on!" lol. put you on my blogs to follow list, eager for more.

Scott said...

Nice photos, Keith. Did you get poured on right after taking the Asclepias incarnata photo? The sky appears to be a dark gray, and looks like it's ready to open up.

Keith said...

That slate gray sky was indeed bringing rain, but it moved across just to the north and missed where I was. However, it did render the landscape too dark for any more photos.