Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Native Plant “Indian Pipe”


In the hills here in the  summer as you are walking along the deep shady woodlands you may run across a strange and unusual white plant growing in the fertile soil.


Monotropa uniflora,  Indian Pipe, Ghost Plant or Corpse Plant is a herbaceous perennial. Unlike other plants it contains no chlorophyll and needs no sunlight to grow. It likes the dark fertile forest.


In reality it is parasite plant  that thrives on certain fungi of trees from where it receives its energy. Single stems grow that range from 3 to 4 inched in height.

The waxy looking stems only produce one single flower.
Sometimes the stems may have some black spotting or even a pinkish cast to them.
It is quite an impressive plant to see and is getting rare here in the parks area. When I run across one that some hikers have mangled it always saddens me because they either do not respect or realize how rare and beautiful a plant it is. And also the plants here in the parks is off limits to picking or destroying.
So if you run across this plant in your walks or hikes please let it grow undisturbed.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Signs of Spring on Wing


I was glad to see some familiar signs of spring wining their way into the Hocking Hills and around the house this week.

I always watch for signs of the first Robins to appear each year and I saw my first one out in the yard this week.


The Turkey Buzzards returned this week and were circling around the field nearby.


I spotted a pair of Eastern Bluebirds checking out the boxes in the yard where I hope they take up residence. With three around in the yard to choose from I hope they find one they like.





The sound of the Mourning Doves could also be heard this morning as they scratched around for something to eat under the birdfeeders.




Although I did not get a picture of them a small flock of Grackles were feeding at the birdfeeders. They are not my favorite bird but that metallic blue head is very pretty.



So there are signs of Spring winging their way into the Hocking Hills now.


Friday, March 8, 2013

Flowering Buckeye Trees


Aesculus pavia  Koehenii Flowering Buckeye tree




Aesculus pavia Red Flowering Buckeye tree