This is part five of a photo series documenting my attempt to identify and catalogue all of the wildflowers to be found at Sylvan Solace Preserve during 2021. I’m doing this survey as part of our year long celebration of Sylvan Solace Preserve’s 25th Anniversary. A year-long floral study is valuable for a trio of reasons. First, it helps us determine if there are any species that we should be concerned about in terms if rarity or that could be lost through habitat degradation. Second, it may alert us to the presence of invasive species that could slip under our radar. Finally, 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.
Four non-native species were added to the list with this installment, bringing the total of introduced species to twelve. This represents 18.5% of our total of sixty-species documented in the series to date. Non-native species have been marked with an asterisk (*) below. I will go back and edit earlier editions of this series to identify other non-native species.
You can catch up on the series by clicking on the links below:
#51 Morrow’s Honeysuckle (Lonicera morrowii)* – photographed 14 May 2021
#52 Wild Black Currant (Ribes americanum) – photographed 14 May 2021
#53 Large-seed Hawthorn (Crataegus macrosperma) – photographed 14 May 2021
#54 Low Sweet Blueberry (Vaccinum angustifolium) – photographed 14 May 2021
#55 Dodge’s Hawthorn (Crataegus dodgei) – photographed 18 May 2021
#56 Mayapple (Podophyllym peltatum) – photographed 18 May 2021
#57 Downy Solomon Seal (Polygonatum pubescens) – photographed 20 May 2021
#58 Canada Mayflower (Maianthemum canadense) – photographed 8 May 2021
#59 Golden Ragwort (Packera aurea) – photographed 18 May 2021
#60 Forget-me-not (Myosotis scorpoides)* – photographed 18 May 2021
#61 Choke Cherry (Prunus virginiana) – photographed 18 May 2021
#62 Black Walnut (Juglans nigra) – photographed 18 May 2021
#63 Field Pansy (Viola arvensis)* – photographed 18 May 2021
#64 Autumn Olive (Eleagnus umbellata)* – photographed 20 May 2021
#65 White Oak (Quercus alba) – photographed 20 May 2021
With higher temperatures, the wildflowers are really shifting into summer 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 forty species found in the last two weeks along. Expect another update in a few days as I try to get caught up with sightings.