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Melissa B  Conservation/restoration. Nature + Plants. Chicagoland area. 🌾πŸ”₯🌎

Might not be the coolest of photos but this sure is a cool plant!! Another native honeysuckle (πŸ™ŒπŸ½πŸ™ŒπŸ½) this is the rare #americanflyhoneysuckle! It has these ever precious rufous-ciliate leaf margins (3rd photo), along with these yellowish flowers of which I was able to capture one still hanging on (last photo). #loniceracanadensis

Oooo ahhhh, all hands up for this native honeysuckle!! πŸ™ŒπŸ½πŸ™ŒπŸ½ Growing happily on the margin of a bog/fen, if you can believe those exist. 🧐 #redhoneysuckle #loniceradioica

Two frequent plants of hydromesophytic swamp forests include the boreal species #starflower and the similar looking #indiancucumberroot. I was excited to see Starflower in bloom but unfortunately was early for the Indian Cucumber Root. Guess I’ll just have to go back to see these lovely little guys. ☺️☺️ #trientalisborealis #medeolavirginiana

Check out this super neat parasitic plant of oak roots!!!! They look like ghostly pine cones or something. The second photo shows last years plant (with bonus #gaultheriaprocumbens lurking!! #wintergreen) #cancerroot #squawroot #conopholisamericana

My orchid dreams came true yesterday!!!! It’s not the greatest of pictures but it’ll do πŸ’•πŸ’• #pinkladyslipper #cypripediumacaule

Of my time spent on the northeastern side of the Chicagoland area, two of the most common plants I saw were #dwarfginseng and #mayflower. Hundreds of these little itsy bitsies covered the ground throughout the hydromesophytic swamp forests and Sugar Maple-American Beech woodlands. ☺️ #panaxtrifolius #maianthemumcanadense #smoothmayflower

Visited some very interesting and new-to-me habitat types yesterday, and all still within the Chicagoland area! Two of them being a forested wetland known as a hydromesophytic swamp forest and a unique woodland known as the northeastern-sector flatwoods. Each so cool and complex, it was definitely a day of learning and seeing and taking it all in. I still have much to learn about these ecosystems, but here are a few photos I captured of these truly primeval landscapes.

The stars are out! 🌠 Shown here in two common habitats, dry prairie and mesic savanna. These nectarless flowers are visited by many bees. They essentially pollinate the flower by buzzing against the anthers which release pollen and allowing pollen to contact the stigma. #COOL #BUZZPOLLINATION #shootingstar #dodecatheonmeadia 🀩

I’ve never seen this much of a positive response to a plant after a prescribed burn before! Last year, only a handful of populations of this trillium, #declinedtrillium, were discovered. Now this year, after a much needed burn, populations have increased ten fold!!! and are being discovered all over the place around the site!!!! It’s amazing!! And such a beautiful trillium. (should also smell this one; it’s quite pleasant πŸ‘ƒπŸΌπŸ€™πŸ½) #trilliumflexipes πŸ’š

Look at the cute floral visitors on this #pussytoes!!!! 🐜🐜🐜🐜🐜🐜🐜🐜🐜🐜 Also shown, staminate and pistillate flowers. (and the funny conversation between my coworkers @gonefishing24 & @liatris16 lol πŸ‘½) #woollycatsfoot #antennarianeglecta

Smell me! πŸ‘ƒπŸΌ I smell delicious! Seriously though, #woodlandphlox has one of the best floral scents! It’s worth it, I swear. #phloxdivaricata

A neat little woodland nugget. #smoothbankcress #smoothrockcress #boecheralaevigata

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