May. 14, 2020

Carolina springbeauty, Claytonia caroliniana

Carolina springbeauty! Carolina is another flower that grows north, east, south and west of southeast Michigan, but not here. Hence yesterday's quest. Drive north until it appears! It didn't turn out to be too hard. I left the interstate in Mt. Pleasant to get gas, and saw what could be springbeauty flash past. It wasn't. But in the very next woodlot , success! After all the decades of wandering in the wilderness, we have this image. Carolina is a woodland spring ephemeral in AL, AR, CT, GA, IL, IN, KY, MA, ME, MI, MN, NC, NH, NY, OH, PA, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV, NB, NS, ON, PE, and QC. Isabella Co MI, 5/13/20. Miner's lettuce family, Montiaceae.