Thursday, May 02, 2013

Lesser Celandine On the March

I thought my photo here of Lesser Celandine at Pettoranello Gardens demonstrated the plant's capacity to completely "pave" lowland areas.

But Pat Palmer sent me some even more demonstrative photos, taken April 16, showing its rapid spread through the lower portion of Institute Woods close to Rogers Refuge.

If one's looking for good news, one could point to the multi-stemmed shrubs, which are likely spicebush that have grown back since deer culling has reduced browsing pressure. Birders link increased nesting activity in Rogers Refuge in recent years to the resurgence of spicebush.

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