Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Day 245 > Threatened Species / Cream Gentian

During a recent plant inven tory of the Baird Creek Parkway a number of rather rare species were discovered, among them Creamed Gentian. The presence of this rare plant in the parkway is yet another indicator of just how precious a resource Baird Creek and other natural areas like it are to the preservation and protection of native plant species.
The flower is interesting because, unlike most other flowers it only opens slightly at the tip. As I shot this photo, bumblebees, undaunted by the closed petals, repeatedly forced their way into the blossoms.

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