What I Saw Part 2

In this post I’m going to get more in depth about what species of plants I saw.  I saw quite a few of the indicator species and here they are-

Northern White Cedar (Thuja occidentalis) is one of the biggest tip offs that you are in a rich conifer swamp.

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Creeping Snowberry (Gaultheria hispidula) is seen below weaving across the conifer swamp floor.

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This next species, Goldenthread (Coptis trifolia), gets its name from the yellow/orange rhizome.

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Another species I saw that was everywhere among the floor was Bunchberry (Cornus canadensis).

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I can’t skip the fact that my entire time spent in the rich conifer swamp consisted of stepping on sphagnum mosses.

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Lastly Balsam fir (Albies balsamea) were abundant as well.

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Some other pretty cool species I saw are as follows-

Sensitive fern (Onoclea sensibilis).

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Fragrant Bedstraw  (Galium triflorum).

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Winterberry (Ilex verticillata).

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There were many types of ferns I saw along the way as well.

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I kept an eye out for invasive species as I believed I had seen Bittersweet Nightshade (Solanum dulcamara) when I went with my class the first time but I was not able to spot it.  I was able to find a thistle residing on the edge of the swamp, which could be the invasive Cirsium although I was not able to identify it to the exact species.

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