Sunrise Reaches the Forest Floor

Victoria Jostes

Hobart, United States

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found a virtual treasure trove of spring ephemerals less than a mile from my house. but that i had known before what was over the fence & down the ravine! spent hours out there on saturday morning, when i was supposed to be washing the car…oh, well! Hobart, IN USA natural light just after dawn.
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Dutchman’s Breeches: (Dicentra cucullaria) the common name reflects the shape of the blossoms. it is a woodland ephemeral, coming up in the early spring, before trees leaf out. its seeds are taken home by ants, the coating eaten, & the remaining seeds place in their underground refuse pile, where they eventually sprout! this process is called myrmecochory. native americans & early colonists believed the plant useful in treating venereal disease, for skin conditions & as a blood purifier. we know now that it may be toxic and cause skin rashes in some people.

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