but the venture vermont challenge has an item on it: "photograph and identify five species of native Vermont wild plants."
i'm sorry, but i couldn't stop at five, so here are the pictures i like best:
|wood anemone (anemone quinquefolia), williston|
|red trillium (trillium erectum), willsiton|
|bluets (houstonia caerulia), williston|
|columbine (aquilegia candensis), williston|
|unidentified berry bush, genus rubus, williston|
|swamp milkweed (asclepius incarnata), williston|
|common st. johnswort (hypericum perforatum) (alien), bolton|
|indian pipe (monotropa uniflora), williston|
|view of flower parts|
indian pipes are unusual as flowers and unusual as plants in that they have no chlorophyll and feed entirely on decayed matter. they function pretty much like a fungus in the ecosystem, except for the thing about THEY'RE FLOWERS. real actual flowers.