Dec. 31, 2016

lesser fringed gentian, Gentianopsis virgata

Fringed gentians close at night, and open again in the sunshine. Dew can only collect on the exposed outer edges of the petals. That produces the pattern seen here. This species grows in fens and bogs in IA, IL, IN, MI, MN, ND, NY, OH, PA, SD, WI, MB, ON, QC, and SK. Ives Fen Preserve, Lenawee Co MI, 9/28/13