Spring flowers, fruits and fungus

18 Apr

Flowers first—Trailing Arbutus (Epigaea repens)-smells like Avon’s calling

Here is a patch of Trailing Arbutus leaves, the flowers in this shady area won’t be in bloom for a few weeks.

A week ago I mentioned Teaberry  was the only northern fruit I knew that ripened in the spring, well I figured out tonight Partridgeberry (Mitchella repens) also overwinters as an immature fruit  and then ripens in the spring. Partridgeberry has some medicinal properties. So here is partridgeberry my (how did I not already know this) of the day.

And Teaberry (Gaultheria procumbens) wintergreen flavored leaves and berries.

These Red-belt polypore’s bright color stood out from a far distance, another pleasant evening with a few woodpeckers creating the background music in this new area for me of mid to young birch and poplar trees.

Red-belt polypore appears to have some impressive medicinal properties which actually have been utilized by man for a few thousand years and is once again gathering renewed attention.

Another nice Phellinus

ciao for now

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4 Responses to “Spring flowers, fruits and fungus”

  1. mobius faith April 19, 2012 at 8:33 am #

    Very cool. I’ll have to check out the Teaberry. Again, I learned something new from you. Keep up the great work.

    • 1left April 19, 2012 at 7:44 pm #

      Thanks mobius, Teaberry fruit is a great trailside nibble and I recommend Euell Gibbon’s (teaberry) wintergreen tea recipe from (stalking the healthful herbs), it warms the inners.

  2. Jeremy April 19, 2012 at 5:24 pm #

    Very nice pictures, 1left. I think it’s the first time I’ve ever seen the flowers of trailing arbutus. They look really interesting. I don’t think I have ever seen it in wild places around here, though we do have partridgeberry (we call it squaw vine) and teaberry (we call it wintergreen).

    • 1left April 19, 2012 at 7:10 pm #

      Thanks Jeremy, in my area Teaberry is often found near Trailing Arbutus and is especially common in Jackpine areas. I read that in the Great Lakes region Trailing Arbutus are occasionally found under Oaks and the key factor is very acidic forest soil (under 5 ph) with a thin layer of moss and lichens. The flowers are often tucked under the leaves, so if you are interested in this plant, closely checkout the leaves. I think the north and also the western parts of Michigan are the best bets to find them, though I’ve seen the word elusive associated with Trailing Arbutus in your area.

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