I was hiking in Minnewaska State Park and came across this little beauty alongside the trail. It looks like some of its petals roll together to form a tube . . . and that tube has sprouted a goatee! The plant was growing near a stream under some conifers. Has anyone seen this wildflower before?
Has a couple of common names: Gaywings, Flowering wintergreen, or Fringed Polygala (Polygala is the genus).
I didn't know this flower to start, but felt confident I could figure it out. Not a lot of flowers with only 3 petals, and it is an unusual "orchid" like appearance. I haven't seen it before, but will be on the lookout for it from now on. Thanks for sharing!!!
This one too! Also from Sundown Wild Forest, right near Vernooy Kill Falls (but on dry ground). I spent time on
but wasn't able to find a match. The leaves reminded me of blue cohosh, but the stalk is very different....thick and celery-like!
The first one I know by the common name I learned in the Adirondacks "Wild lettuce". I feel very confident given its distinct traingular leaves. If the leaves weren't as angular I might have suggested the flower Colt's foot. But that would still have some flower stalk evidence visible if it were Colt's foot. I will try to locate more information to follow-up with.
The tall celery-like plant is a Meadow-rue. There are several different kinds. This is very likely to be
. I have also encountered
in our region of New York.
I've always found these tough to identify. It looks like a bindweed, but I don't know which species. I'd guess the genus is either Fallopia or Polygonum. Keep an eye out for flowers or seeds - that'll help pick the species.
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