This is part four of a photo series documenting my attempt to identify and catalogue all of the wildflowers to be found at Sylvan Solace Preserve during 2021. In addition to the expected herbaceous (non-woody) plants. I am also documenting flowering trees and shrubs.
This survey is part of our year long celebration of Sylvan Solace Preserve’s 25th Anniversary. This is the first extensive yearlong survey of flowering plants that the CWC has ever conducted on one of our preserves. A study like this is valuable because it helps us determine if there are any species that we should be concerned about both in terms if rarity but also it may alert us to invasive species that might be slipping under our radar. Studies such as this are also important because they act as a baseline which we can use to judge how a property changes over time.
Of the fifty species documented so far in this series, only eight species (16%) are not native to Central Michigan, including two species listed in this installment.
If you’re new to this series, catch up by clicking on the links below:
Without further ado, on to the flowers.
#36 Woodland Strawberry (Fragaria virginiana) – photographed 10 May 2021
#37 Prickly Gooseberry (Ribes cynosbati) – photographed 10 May 2021
#38 Hooked Crowfoot (Ranunculus recurvatus) – photographed 10 May 2021
#39 Spring Cress (Cardamine bulbosa) – photographed 10 May 2021
#40 Round-leaved Serviceberry (Amelanchier sanguinea) – photographed 10 May 2021
#41 Marsh Violet (Viola cucullata) – photographed 10 May 2021
#42 Common Cinquefoil (Potentilla simplex) – photographed 10 May 2021
#43 Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum) – this specimen photographed 14 May 2021
#44 Starry False Solomon Seal (Maianthemum stellatum) – photographed 10 May 2021
#45 Tatarian Honeysuckle (Lonicera tatarica) – photographed 10 May 2021
#46 Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii) – photographed 13 May 2021
#47 Cleavers (Galium aparine) – photographed 13 May 2021
#48 Long-spurred Violet (Viola rostrata) – photographed 13 May 2021
#49 Stout Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium angustifolium) – photographed 13 May 2021
#50 Yellow Pimpernel (Taenida integerrima) – photographed 14 May 2021
With recent higher temperatures, the wildflowers are really shifting into high gear! Not a single trip to Sylvan Solace has been wasted – every day brings new blooms. I’m rapidly falling behind in posting, with nearly thirty species found in the last two weeks along. Expect another update in a few days as I try to get caught up with sightings.