Thursday, May 28, 2009

Time for Collective Naturalizing 2009 Style

The field season is at me fast and furious. So much to see, so much to document. If you've been with me for a while, you'll remember last year's collective naturalizing posts. A list of pictures, some things I know, some I may not, but let's all work together to put names on these pictures that I took today from a swamp/fen/marsh complex in Ashtabula County with Jim Bissell and the Northeast Ohio Naturalists of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. One hint: There are three species of plants pictured on the Ohio rare plant list. One endangered, one threatened, one potentially threatened.

Guesses welcome, OK, here we go:

1. Midland painted turtle, Chrysemys picta marginata
2. Swamp saxifrage, Saxifraga pensylvanica
3. Necklace sedge, Carex projecta, Ohio threatened species.
4. Viburnum opulus var. americanum (syn. Viburnum trilobum), Ohio endangered species. Yes, WoodsWalker, it is being munched by Viburnum leaf beetle!.
5. Some type of Sphinx moth. Any help here would be appreciated!
6. Beaver handiwork on Populus deltoides.
7. Carex stricta, tussock sedge.
8. Arisaema tryiphyllum subsp. stewardsonii
9. Sensitive fern, Onoclea sensibilis
10. Skunk cabbage, Symplocarpus foetidus
11. Highbush blueberry, Vaccinnium corymbosum
12. Two vascular plants here, one blooming, one not. Maianthemum canadense and Coptis trifolia
13. Cinnamon fern, Osmunda cinnamomea
14. Water or purple avens, Geum rivale, an Ohio potentially threatened species.
15. Me driving in the car during a deluge, which we just missed before we got back to the saftey of our vehicles. In case you didn't recognize, that's Ohio on the left, Pennsylvania on the right.

Thanks for chipping in everyone.



  1. Hi Tom,
    Have I had too much wine or is the fern waving up and down as I scroll? I think I see Death Camus and Marsh Marigolds. Of course I see a Turtle - don't know what kind. Loved all the pics; I'll await the expert's identifications.

  2. Barb- Hmm, not sure, but wine sure sounds good. Red or white? The big reason I do this is for learning. I've never heard of Death Camus- What a name! I learned something new. Thanks for chiming in.


  3. Oooh, what fun! A whole bunch of stuff I don't know! But some I do. I'll take a stab at some.
    1. Not a painted turtle, is it? I don't think their turtlenecks are striped red.
    2. I hope someone IDs this, I'd love to know what it is. Does it grow in upstate NY?
    4.Looks like Viburnum trilobum being ravaged by viburnum leaf beetle larvae.
    6. How could this be anything but beavers?
    8. Is this Arisaema stewardsonii? The white stripes look raised in the photo.
    10. Skunk cabbage?
    11. Are these the sepals after petals have fallen? Is this a vine?
    12. Canada Mayflower and Goldthread
    13. Cinnamon fern?
    14. Water Avens
    15. Are we supposed to be able to see something here? I see a car ahead on a rainy road, that's all. But I have bad eyes.
    Thanks for the fun!

  4. Very nice set of photos. I see the turtle and ask myself if they are in decline along with snakes? I used to see them most all the time, even here in town but none in years.

  5. I was mistaken about that turtle. Painted turtles DO have red stripes. Also, I think that beautiful photograph (#9) is of Sensitive Fern. I wonder if #7 could be a tussock sedge? I can't wait to have you post the answers! What a great strategy to get reader interaction!

  6. Tom: Wonderful photos from nature, I enjoyed them all.
    I thought of you on Friday, I saw a heron walkig where the old Monroe Falls dam was located. Probably will post on it tomorrow.

  7. Hi Everyone- We've got some very good ID's going on here. I'll keep this open until tomorrow evening, when I'll reveal what we've got. Thanks to Abe and Tom as well for the photo compliments.

    Have fun,


  8. Great pictures, Tom! Here are my guesses...

    4. Viburnum acerifolium
    8. Jack in the pulpit, Arisaema triphyllum
    9. Sensitive fern
    10. Maybe skunk cabbage?
    12. False lily of the valley, Mianthemum canadense (blooming) and Geum
    13. Cinnamon fern

  9. Lots of good stuff, but I'm just not good at these guessing games, so I'll wait to find out what they are.

  10. Well, thanks everyone for the kind comments. I have posted names, check them out, and see what you think.


  11. I seemed to have missed noticing this moth when this post first went up. It looks to me like it's probably a Small-eyed Sphinx, Paonias myops. I have a photo of a fresher one in one of my recent posts.