Crippled Cranefly

This is not your average orchid (Orchidaceae spp.). Though delicately beautiful, the flowers are not arrayed in conspicuous colors, but are instead a drab brownish, and blend in with their woodland habitat almost as if camouflaged. In addition to their


Indianpipe is a very interesting plant because it doesn’t get its energy directly from sunlight like most plants do. Instead, it gets nutrients through certain fungi in the soil. These fungi have symbiotic relationships with certain plants. The fungus and

Striped Prince’s Pine

It’s not hard to tell whether Striped Prince’s Pine is growing in a wood, whether it is in flower or not. Its leaves, usually accompanied by the fruiting stalks, are easily recognized. Really, the leaves are almost as beautiful as

Common Periwinkle

Common Periwinkle was introduced from Eurasia to North America by European colonists, and has naturalized throughout the temperate regions of the continent. It is now considered invasive. Though I was familiar with the plant and its flowers, I hadn’t ever

Common Blue Violet

Violets (Viola spp.) like Common Blue Violet have an interesting method of seed dispersal. Though many different plants have mechanisms by which they throw their seeds, this one is a little different than the violently exploding fruit which flings its

Yellow Crownbeard

When in flower, Yellow Crownbeard appears unkempt, with each flower head’s few arranged at various skewed angles, and the heads in turn arranged in loose clusters where they are not all on the same plane. This in no way discourages

European Field Pansy

Most of the more familiar violets (Viola spp.) in its range, have larger flowers, and no above-ground stems. European Field Pansy is also different from these in the shape of its leaves and . But these differences aside, it sports

Trumpet Creeper

Trumpet Creeper is a very interesting plant, and of particular note is the fact that it possesses at least four different sets of extra-floral nectaries, in addition to the usual floral nectaries located within the flower. These nectar-producing glands can

Common Mouse-ear Chickweed

Common Mouse-ear Chickweed is an introduced species, but it has become established throughout North America. In fact it can become weedy and invasive. A winter annual, it blooms profusely in the Spring, but there are stragglers flowering throughout the Summer;

Common Dandelion

This species needs little introduction. It grows in open places throughout much of the world, and is recognized by just about everyone. It was introduced to North America from Europe. The plant is a model weed, with a taproot that