"Botanizing" for the last few days - Part 2

Part 1 here.

Tuesday morning, we went to Trent Nature Areas, as a potential new site for the class, and then we went to Mark S. Burnham Provincial Park (which I never been before) in the afternoon.

2013-06-04-P6043004-Dame's rocket (Hesperis matronalis)
Dame's-rocket (Hesperis matronalis) in the Mustard (Brassicaceae) family.  The fragrance of the flowers is most evident at nighttime, where the origin of the genus name hesperos comes from, i.e. 'evening'.

Viburnum sp. is a flowering shrub, and some species produce their flowers in corymbs, and around the perimeter are these showy but sterile flowers serve to attract pollinators for the fertile flowers in the center.

A pair of mating Common ringlet butterflies (Coenonympha tullia).

A brown Northern leopard frog (Lithobates pipiens) jumped out of our way and into the grasses.

Cornus sp., a member of the Dogwood (Cornaceae) family.

Came to Mark S. Burnham Provincial Park at south end of Peterborough to help out with the herpetology class instructors.  At the same time, I was checking out what flowering species are here and if it's a good spot to bring the wildflower class here too.

Very nice day, although it's quite buggy in the forest.

2013-06-04-P6043019-Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)
In the park, there are many Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum) - Arum (Araceae) family, which is enough to bring the class here because this is such as interesting-looking plant.

Actaea sp. in the Ranunculaceae family.  This is either A. pachypoda (White baneberry) or A. rubra (Red baneberry), both of which are similar except A. rubra has red berries on thinner stalks.

2013-06-04-P6043022-Herb-robert (Geranium robertianum)
Herb-robert (Geranium robertianum) in the Geranium (Geraniaceae) family.

The flower bud of Wild Leek (Allium tricoccum) in the Onion (Alliaceae) family.

2013-06-04-P6043027-Common Helleborine (Epipactis helleborine)
Common Helleborine (Epipactis helleborine) in the Orchid (Orchidaceae) family before flowering, which usually occurs from July to August.

I was waiting for my field guide to arrive on Wednesday, plus Trent was having its convocation for the next three days, so I'd like to avoid the busy and crowded area as much as possible.

Came to school on Thursday and did some work.  I was sort of identifying plants on my way and only photographed the Bladder Campion (Silene vulgaris), which shares the common (and genus) name as the S. uralensis that I saw in Ivvavik National Park.

2013-06-06-P6063031-Bladder campion (Silene vulgaris)
This species is introduced and much more common - usually found on roadsides and fields (hence the species name vulgaris).

This morning we checked out Coon Lake bog at Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park, and it has many interesting plant species (as well as many mosquitoes).

Almost reminds me of the bog in Richmond Nature Park, although it is much wetter here at the moment.

2013-06-07-P6073034-Labrador tea (Ledum groenlandicum)
The well-known Labrador tea (Ledum groenlandicum).

2013-06-07-P6073039-Small cranberry (Vaccinium oxycoccos)
Large cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon) in the Heath (Ericaceae) family.  It can be distinguished from the Small cranberry (V. oxycoccos) by its oblong leaves with blunt tips.  Didn't get a good photo because we were trying to keep moving and not get bitten by mosquitoes.

Bog laurel (Kalmia polifolia)
Bog laurel (Kalmia polifolia)

Pitcher-plant (Sarracenia purpurea)
Pitcher-plant (Sarracenia purpurea) in the Pitcher-plant (Sarraceniaceae) family.  It has 5 petals (not seen clearly here) and pitcher-shaped basal leaves.  I am always intrigued by carnivorous herbaceous plants, so this is probably the coolest plant I have seen thus far.

Dragon's mouth (Arethusa bulbosa)
One of the plants we came to this bog for was the Dragon's mouth (Arethusa bulbosa) in the Orchid (Orchidaceae) family.  It has a relatively-large irregular flower with 3 rows of yellow hairs at the bottom of the flower.  Definitely a plant worth seeing in person.

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