Took a stroll down the rail trail to the bottom of the WVU Arboretum last Saturday. The highly variable weather we've been having has had a strange effect on the wildflowers there. I went for the Bluebells, but they weren't anything like what they've been in previous years.
Here's a panorama shot, facing up hill.
What was impressive was the volume of plants like Trout Lily and Wakerobin.
I learned something new about the Wakerobin. There are a couple of closely related species of it. I've always thought that this is the red trillium or wakerobin (Trillium erectum), but now I've leaned that this might also be a furrowed wakerobin (Trillium sulcatum), which is more southern and also grows in this state (W.Va.). Although quite similar, you can tell them apart by the smell: Trillium erectum smells like rotten meat and Trillium sulcatum smells faintly musty, like fresh fungus. Sorry to say, but I did not think to smell this.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Spring in the Arboretum
Labels: flora, Morgantown, photography, Rail Trail, wildflowers
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