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buckeye_botanist A gorgeous scene of old-growth wet flat woods in southeastern Indiana. Gargantuan swamp chestnut oak, beech, sweetgum, red maple and shellbark hickory abound at this site and skyrocket into the canopy well over 100'+ above one's head. The understory is layered beautifully and accompanied by a lush, rich array of wildflowers and graminoids. An unfortunately rare place in today's world and getting scarcer by the day.

#Nature #NaturePhotography #Trees #Forest #WetWoods #BigTrees #Dendrology #Ecology #SwampChestnutOak #Sweetgum #Beech #OldGrowthForest #OldGrowth #Canopy #Green #Botany #Botanizing #RareHabitat #ALGibson #TheBuckeyeBotanist
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  •   poynterz Is this being preserved? 7h
  •   buckeye_botanist @poynterz it's a part of Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge, so I'd imagine it's quite safe going forward. If you've never been to Muscatatuck, you have to go. Swamp woods and flat woods are out of this world with some incredible botany. 4h
  •   hilltowngal Awesome! 4h
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hikenewyork Because everyone loves parasitic plants!
That's right. #Beechdrops don't need no #green stuff. They'll just suck their energy from a poor sap #Beech #tree nearby.
And it's happening all around the woods every day. And you probably didn't even notice. But next time you just might!

#runbybotanizing #whatshotnow #flower #blooms #HikeNewYork

#botanizing #ontherun #parasitic #plant #nature #naturegram #Gunks #minnewaska #MobonkPreserve #flora #inseason #hike #trailrun #awosting
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ryaninoregon I got to work here today! Near chrome ridge and the kalmiopsis wilderness #botanizing 1d

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buckeye_botanist Always nice finding a healthy and mature flowering/fruiting American chestnut (Castanea dentata) while out in the field. This particular specimen was 40-50' tall, laden with maturing fruit and showing zero signs of the blight. It's incredible to think that literally billions upon billions of these trees were gone from the eastern deciduous forest in a matter of decades; all due to a fungus from half way around the world. Trees like this are few and far between in Ohio today, which makes gazing upon one and standing next it all the more enjoyable an experience.

#Nature #NaturePhotography #Wildflower #Tree #Dendrology #EasternDeciduousForest #Chestnut #Castanea #AmericanChestnut #Fagaceae #ChestnutBlight #Botany #FieldWork #Botanizing #Flora #NativePlant #Ohio #OhioBotany #OhioNature #Summer #Green #ALGibson #TheBuckeyeBotanist
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  •   wncbotany Good find, sir! I've only seen a couple of chestnuts this size in the wild, and only one of them had fruit. 1d
  •   tunabert So beautiful. 1d
  •   iamsamuelscott How neat is that? 1d

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matt_in_trees Male euglossine bees visiting the inflorescence of a peace lily (Spathiphyllum) growing in the wild near San Vito, Costa Rica. They are there to collect scent compounds that they will then use to attract females. The scent is intoxicating to say the least and the captive specimens we keep in our homes have had it completely bred out of them. These bees are also known as orchid bees as there are many different species of orchids in the tropics that attract male euglossine bees in the same way. In fact, if you look closely you can see an orchid pollinia attached to the back of the bee on the right! I feel so lucky to have seen this happen :) #bee #bees #pollination #pollinators #nature #naturelovers #nature_obsession #nature_perfection #evolution #ecology #peacelily #botany #botanical #flower #flowers #flowering #botanizing #WilsonBotanicalGarden #Botanicalgarden #SanVito #CostaRica #jungle #rainforest #tropics #CentralAmerica #arthropods_anonymous #aa_hymenoptera #orchid #orchids #orchidbee 2d

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_vannimal Plant treasures! Male and female #strobilus with pocketknife for scale. from #monkeypuzzle tree. #plantnerd #plants bike-by #botanizing #araucariaaraucana #chileanpine #gymnosperm #conifer 2d

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kbe1993 Made a new friend on my field trip... Meet Bernie the Banksia #Fieldtrip #Banksia #Botanizing #Biology #CapeConran 4d

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kalibird For four years I have scrutinized every stray patch of sphagnum moss that appeared anywhere near my path in search of a single precious find: Sundew.
This Round-leaved Sundew glistens well beyond the morning sun simmers off last evening's mist. Why? Because it's unassuming leaves secrete a sticky substance which bestow great beauty by daylight, but a deathly blow to insect passers-by. Any poor little bugs that happen to crawl along it get stuck--then eaten--by this three-inch-wide death trap.
Their nitrogen-rich bodies help this carnivorous plant survive in acidic environments where easy-to-eat nutrients are hard to come by.
But I digress. THIS is why I run. 23 miles of beauty in the #Gunks, but all I can think about is this tiny precious find.
This is #TrailRunning.

#nofilter #shawangunkridge #minnewaska #botanizing #trails #runculture #nyc #daytrip #running #sunny #saturday #funrun #hike #hikenewyork
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  •   stormkingphotos Nice capture Kali!! Always have to keep your eyes open no matter how fast you are going! 5d
  •   stormkingphotos Digression is the only way to make a short story longer! 5d
  •   tribal.fit Sweet 4d

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hikenewyork For four years I have scrutinized every stray patch of sphagnum moss that appeared anywhere near my path in search of a single precious find: Sundew.
This Round-leaved Sundew glistens well beyond the morning sun simmers off last evening's mist. Why? Because it's unassuming leaves secrete a sticky substance which bestow great beauty by daylight, but a deathly blow to insect passers-by. Any poor little bugs that happen to crawl along it get stuck--then eaten--by this three-inch-wide death trap.
Their nitrogen-rich bodies help this carnivorous plant survive in acidic environments where easy-to-eat nutrients are hard to come by.
But I digress. THIS is why I run. 23 miles of beauty in the #Gunks, but all I can think about is this tiny precious find.
This is #TrailRunning.

#shawangunkridge #minnewaska #botanizing #trails #runculture #nyc #daytrip #running #sunny #saturday #funrun #hike #hikenewyork
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buckeye_botanist This is the recently described and new-to-science Shriver's frilly orchid (Platanthera shriveri). I got the chance to make its acquaintance several years ago in the Cranberry Glades region of SE West Virginia and was immediately smitten with it. It looks very similar to large purple fringed orchid (P. grandiflora), which grows in the area but differs in enough ways to warrant full species status. It's believed to be an ancient and now stabilized hybrid between P. grandiflora and P. lacera that is only known to occur in a handful or so of counties in WV, VA, PA, MA and NC. Some may argue it's just a weird form of P. grandiflora but there's too many differences supporting separation to me (and those who described it, obviously). It differs first and foremost by blooming upwards of a month later (late June for grandiflora, mid-late July for shriveri). Additionally, the isthmus of the lip is noticeably extended in shriveri along with more/deeper fringing of the lip, the raceme is more loosely/sparsely flowered and the lip (and its lobes) being distinctly curled up. It's a gorgeous taxon and one that was flying under the radar for quite some time. I hope to make it down to see it again soon someday; my single encounter with it back in 2012 only whetted my appetite for more!

#Nature #NaturePhotography #Wildflower #WildOrchid #Orchid #Orchidacaea #NewToScience #Botany #Botanizing #Flora #Platanthera #PlatantheraShriveri #ShriversFrillyOrchid #Ecology #NativeFlora #WestVirginia #WestVirginiaBotany #CranberryGlades #Purple #Summer #NewSpecies #ALGibson #TheBuckeyeBotanist
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spencer.riffle Tiburon Mariposa Lily - #MarinCounty, #California. #ca #Cali #NorCal #westcoast #flower #wildflower #nature #natureporn #botany #botanizing #Calocorthus #tiburonensis #lily #liliaceae #rare #beautiful #CNPS #explore #hiking #canon #nofilter


Taken on June 22, 2015. This beautiful and strange flower is found on only one small mountain side in Marin county. Like many California natives it has adapted to living in unique areas. This plant grows only in places that have high amounts of serpentine which others cannot do. This fact, combined with the cluster-fuck that is the Bay Area, has resulted in this plant losing much of it's normally restricted range. For this reason it is listed by the Federal and State governments as threatened, and is on the CNPS list of "rare, endangered, or threatened plants" with their most severe ranking of 1B.1.

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buckeye_botanist A trio of pink lady's slippers (Cypripedium acaule) bathed in early morning sunlight this past spring. This uncommon species is restricted to acidic habitats and most commonly occurs in dry oak/pine woods in Ohio and occasionally on sphagnum bog mats further to the north. It's one of the first orchids I see each year and always an anticipated bloomer! #FBF

#Nature #NaturePhotography #Wildflower #WildOrchid #Orchid #Orchidacaea #Cypripedium #CypripediumAcaule #LadysSlipper #PinkLadysSlipper #OakWoods #Acidic #Botany #Botanizing #Flora #NativeFlora #Pink #Spring #Ohio #OhioBotany #OhioNature #OhioOrchid #ALGibson #TheBuckeyeBotanist
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spencer.riffle Tiburon Mariposa Lily - #MarinCounty, #California. #ca #Cali #NorCal #westcoast #flower #wildflower #nature #natureporn #botany #botanizing #Calocorthus #tiburonensis #lily #liliaceae #rare #beautiful #CNPS #explore #hiking #canon #nofilter


Taken on June 22, 2015. This beautiful and strange flower is found on only one small mountain side in Marin county. Like many California natives it has adapted to living in unique areas. This plant grows only in places that have high amounts of serpentine which others cannot do. This fact, combined with the cluster-fuck that is the Bay Area, has resulted in this plant losing much of it's normally restricted range. For this reason it is listed by the Federal and State governments as threatened, and is on the CNPS list of "rare, endangered, or threatened plants" with their most severe ranking of 1B.1.

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buckeye_botanist #TBT to one of my favorite trees in the tuliptree (Liriodendron tulipifera) in full, glorious bloom. It's not just the colors that grab your attention but the size of the flowers as well; each one is the size of your fist! Despite being a very common and conspicuous native tree species here in Ohio, few ever see their stunning show due to the flowers typically being out of sight and out of mind high in the canopy above. In fact, the tuliptree has the distinction of being the tallest deciduous tree east of the Mississippi, with some specimens topping out at over 200' tall in the primeval forests. I'm unsure what the current height record is today but I've seen my fair share of 140-150'+ tuliptrees in our remaining old-growth forests.

#Nature #NaturePhotography #Wildflower #Botany #Botanizing #Flora #Tree #Tuliptree #TulipPoplar #Liriodendron #Magnoliaceae #Dendrology #Ohio #OhioBotany #OhioNature #Spring #Green #ALGibson #TheBuckeyeBotanist
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  •   jadekristel So nice. 1w
  •   happybotanist Didn't know they are native to the U.S., one of my faves too :) 1w
  •   beadlesbarrens Got one in my yard. It's only 20 years old so I get to enjoy the flowers but I have seen a few of the giants in what's left of the old growth of the Wabash River 1w

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buckeye_botanist Queen-of-the-prairie (Filipendula rubra) blooming in the sedge meadow of Gallagher Fen SNP earlier in the summer. I talked about this fascinating place in my previous post and its fen meadows in a groundwater-saturated depression at the base of a glacial esker. You can see the esker in the background with its oak savanna perched on top. Nearly 30 state-listed rare species occur within the fen and savanna including Utricularia cornuta, Triantha glutinosa, Carex lasiocarpa, Carex viridula, Carex diandra, Anenome cylindracea, Viola pedatifida, Delphinium exaltatum, Calamintha arkansana, Deschampsia cespitosa and Salix myricoides. Countless more high quality wetland and grassland obligate vascular plant species call Gallagher Fen home as well.

#Nature #NaturePhotography #Botany #Botanizing #Wildflower #Plants #Flora #NativePlant #Fen #Wetland #Meadow #SedgeMeadow #OakSavanna #Prairie #Grassland #Esker #Glaciated #GallagherFen #StateNaturePreserve #Ohio #OhioBotany #OhioNature #QueenOfThePrairie #Filipendula #RarePlants #Summer #ALGibson #TheBuckeyeBotanist
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kalibird The highlight of yesterday's #trailrun.
Cardinal flower enjoys getting it's toes wet alongside streams like the Peter's Kill. Unfortunately, this blazing red beauty is far too uncommon these days as so many of our wetland habitats have been filled in and otherwise damaged. Enjoy it when you find it! And be thankful for the protection of such precious habitats. @mohonkpreserve @nystateparks
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matt_in_trees Bomarea obovata is a vine native from Nicaragua to Peru. It is a member of the family Alstroemeriaceae making it a relative of the ubiquitous Alstroemerias so often seen in floral arrangements.
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#jungle #rainforest #Botanicalgarden #WilsonBotanicalGarden #CentralAmerica #tropical #tropics #CostaRica #SanVito #botany #botanical #botanizing #plant #plants #plantnerd #flower #flowers #flowering #vine #vines
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buckeye_botanist The other day I paid a long overdue visit to one of my favorite places on Earth in Gallagher Fen SNP. Its fen and marl meadows sit in a bowl-like depression at the base of a long ridge of stratified gravel and rock known as an esker; a physical feature left by the retreating glacier 10,000+ years ago. Ground water percolates to the surface at the base of the esker and diffuses out into the sedge meadows below. On top of the esker sits an oak savanna with ancient, gnarled bur and chinquapin oaks above the numerous prairie grasses and forbs. It's a remarkable place where two of my favorite habitats come together in glorious fashion. During this visit the fen meadows were ensconced with hundreds of nodding ladies'-tresses (Spiranthes cernua). The mass blooming of the marl bed's prairie dock (Silphium terebinthinaceum) was a lovely sight as usual too.

#Nature #NaturePhotography #Botany #Botanizing #Wildflower #WildOrchid #Orchid #Fen #OakSavanna #SedgeMeadow #BurOak #Prairie #Esker #Glaciated #GallagherFen #StateNaturePreserve #NativeFlora #SpiranthesCernua #Spiranthes #LadiesTresses #Ohio #OhioBotany #OhioNature #Summer #ALGibson #TheBuckeyeBotanist
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