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Indian Pipes Monotropa Uniflora

Indian Pipes (Monotropa Uniflora) aka Corpse Plant, Ghost Flower, Eyebright, Convulsion Root, Fitroot, Convulsionweed, is a saprophyte related to the dogwood and evergreen laurel.  -- Photo by Lorraine Anderson

Wildflowers August 14, 2002

Found blooming in Cook County, Minnesota by Lorraine Anderson (Be sure to check out the past reports linked at the right as well!)

After a morning treat of homemade, hand picked Blueberry Muffins we headed to a Red Pine forest above the Maple Hill Cemetery. Jean wanted to show us some Indian Pipes. We saw the ones she found and then found about 100 more. We have never seen so many! They were at all stages. (View more photos of Indian Pipes on the BWCA Discussion Board.) Then there were many of these "mystery plants". L & J thought they were Autumn Coralroot, Corallorhiza odontorhiza. B. thought they were seed pods from Spotted Coralroot. We didn't have our Orchid book along but when we did check - the Autumn Coralroot only lives in S.E. MN. - so we (L&B) think that B was right. J. still believes it is the Autumn one. I guess that will have to be another quest, finding the known seedpods of the Spotted Coralroot. J also showed us a beautiful stand of Jewelweed in full bloom.
B&L left J to prepare for her company and went to the Ski Hill Rd just above town and walked South on the Superior Hiking Trail. It is such a beautiful woods. We saw lots of Bunchberries (in berry) and leaves for Goldthread & Linnea. We must go back there next spring - but there are so many places to go in the spring.
We had lunch at the Scenic Overlook and instead of just eating and enjoying the view we had to get busy with our books and identify Pale Smartweed, European Stickseed and Northern Willow Herb. There were two things B brought home to identify because we had no luck finding them. The fruit bushes were in berry: Chokecherry, Pin Cherry & Juneberry.
The highway is beautiful with the Fireweed, Birdsfoot Trefoil, Yarrow, Goldenrod, Pearly Everlasting, Sow Thistle, etc. The Fireweed gives us 3 shows: when it is in flower, when the flowers are almost over and the beautiful pink of the seed pods and the white fuzzy down of the seeds. Another Wonderful Day!!

The "Mystery" has now been solved... Two years later!

What we saw this week:

Aster ssp - one white one purple
Bedstraw, Rough - Galium asprellum

Bellflower, Creeping - Campanula rapunculoides

Bindweed, Fringed - Polygonum cilinode

Black-eyed Susan - Rudbeckia serotina

Buckwheat, Climbing False - Polygonum scandens

Butter & Eggs - Linaria vulgaris
Buttercup, Tall or Common - Ranunculus acris

Carpetweed - Mollugo verticillata

Chamomile, Scentless - Matricaria maritima

Clover, Hop - Trifolium agratium
Clover, Pink, White & Lavender

Clover, Rabbitsfoot - Trifolium arvense

Clover, Sweet, Yellow, White & Purple

Dogbane, Spreading - Apocynum androsaemifolium

Everlasting, Pearly - Anaphalis margaritacea
Fireweed - Epilobium angustifolium
Goldenrod ssp.

Hawkweed, Canada - Hieracium canadense

Heal-all - Prunella vulgaris

Horseweed - Erigeron canadensis

Jewelweed, Touch-me-not - Impatiens capensis
Joe-Pye Weed, Spotted - Eupatorium maculatum

Knapweed, Spotted - Centaurea maculosa (invasive)
Loosestrife, Purple - Lythrum salicaria (invasive)

Meadowsweet - Spiraea
Mint, Wild - Mentha arvensis

Mullein, Common - Verbascum thapsus
Mustard, Wormseed - Erysimum cheiranthoides
Nettle, White Dead - Lamium album

Pigweed or Lamb's Quarters - Chenopodium album
Pineapple Weed - Matricaria matricarioides
Pink, Deptford - Dianthus deltoides
Primrose, Evening-Oenothera biennis
St. Johnswort, Larger Canada - Hypericum majus*
Smartweed, Pale - Polygonum lapathifolium
Sorrel, Yellow Wood - Oxalis europaea

Spurry, Sand - Spergularia rubra

Stickseed, European - Lappula echinata*
Tansy - Tanacetum vulgare
Thistle, Bull - Cirsium vulgare
Thistle, Canada - Cirsium arvense
Thistle, Field Sow - Sonchus arvensis
Trefoil, Birdsfoot - Lotus corniculatus

Valerian, Garden/Garden Heliotrope - Valeriana officinalis

Willow Herb, Northern - Epilobium glandulosum*

Yarrow - Achillea millefolium

Blooming Trees and Shrubs:

Meadowsweet - Spiraea latifolia


Berries we saw:
Bunchberries - Cornus canadensis
Cherry, Pin - Prunus pennsylvanica
Chokecherry - Prunus virginiana
Currant, Upright - Ribes

Dogwood, Red Osier - Cornus stolonifera
Elderberry, Red-berried - Sambucus pubens

Gooseberry - Ribes

Juneberry (Service Berry)- Amelanchier
Raspberry - Rubus idaeus
Sarsaparilla, Wild - Aralia nudicaulis

Thimbleberry - Rubus parviflorus

*New this week

ssp - subspecies

Books used most often:
Newcomb's "Wildflower Guide"
The Peterson Field Guide Series "A Field Guide to Wildflowers"
George W. D. Symonds "The Shrub Identification Book"
Clayton & Michele Oslund "What's Doin" the Bloomin'?"

 You can view an entire list from 2001 by clicking here.  

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