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Two New Plant Species For My Property's Species List
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Default Two New Plant Species For My Property's Species List

At least once a year, usually when the the Dogwood, (Cornus sp.), Blue bells (Mertensia sp.), and Geranium (Geranium sp.) are blooming, I wander the 5 acres my house sits on and photographically inventory the plants on my property. (Actually, I do this EVERYWHERE I go, but I do it systematically at "my house".) In the past 20 years, there hasn't been any significant change in the number of species on my lot, but there have been some interesting surprises. This year I have discovered two new species for my property's species list!

The first one was one of the 30-odd species of native orchids that Alaska has. That's right THIRTY SOME-ODD species. More than three times more native species than HAWAII has! The orchid I found was Platanthera unalascensis. (I posted about that find here: http://thehunterslife.com/forums/showthread.php?t=19512.)

This afternoon, I was walking along the path to the firepit, and found Pyrola asarifolia, also known as Liverleaf Wintergreen, Pink Wintergreen, and Bog Wintergreen. A very pretty little plant that is a member of the "Heath" family, Ericaceae.

Here are some pictures of the latest find. This is how I found them, mixed in with the Equisetum sp (horsetails):

A thunderstorm was just starting and I only had my cell phone with me, so these first pictures aren't great. Mostly they show the foliage. I went back after the rain stopped and got some better pictures with my DSLR.

When I went back after the rain stopped, the mosquitoes were HORRENDOUS, so I just got a few pictures, but they show how pretty this little plant is.

I'm jazzed! These two plants are not common in my neck of the woods. It's kinda neat to find them on my property.

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