Jul. 24, 2019

bunchberry, Cornus canadensis

Faster than a speeding bullet! It's superdogwood! This little dogwood is the fastest plant known to man. It only grows to maybe nine inches, and will often be seen in patches in the northern woods. This individual has already released pollen, so we missed our chance to see it in action. The lobes of the corollas gradually spread as the flowers open. The anthers are tucked beneath them. The anthers begin releasing pollen before the flowers fully open. At the point enough pollen is collected in pockets in the lobes, they snap backward, flinging the pollen into the air. The lobes accelerate at a rate of about five miles per second. Natures fireworks, but so fast we can only see the aftermath. Bunchberry grows in AK, CA, CO, CT, IA(T), ID, IN(E), IL(E), MA, MD(E), ME, MI, MN, MT, ND, NH, NJ, NM, NY, OH(T), OR, PA, RI, SD, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY, in every Canadian province, and on GL and SPM; east Asia. Cheboygan Co MI, 5/25/12.