Spring is in full swing in Central Ohio and playing host to the full suite of spring ephemeral flowers. Here today and gone tomorrow, the botanists are all trying to see as many species as we can manage. Better yet, the rare or unusual species are what we dream about seeing.
A close relative of the commonly seen Cut-leaved Toothwort, the Narrow-leaved variety is an Ohio rarity. It favors limestone and more southern climes. We were able to see it on a recent trip to a preserve owned by Ohio Wesleyan University.
Our guide, David Johnson seems to be saying, "Look everywhere. Rarities abound on both sides of this trail." We were touring the Bohannan Nature Preserve, found just north of Delaware Ohio. It is a property owned and protected by the Ohio Wesleyan University. It is one of the very few places in Ohio that has the rare toothwort.
It had long, stately culms. A life-sedge for me! One shudders to admit to a "life sedge list." It is akin to the passport to total plant geek-dom.
Look at the base of the sedge: red. One of the keys to identifying Carey's sedge. That easy enough, right?
Ferns and fern allies of Kentucky.
It was a pleasure to tag along after these two knowledgeable guys. And if you happen to be a fern fan, you'll want to get in Steve's group at Flora-Quest. There are plenty of varieties to see in Adams County.