Feb. 21, 2017

jointed rush, Juncus articulatus

I suppose this is as good a time as any to introduce the flowers without petals. There are a awful lot of them - grasses, sedges, rushes, and many others. Close examination reveals many tiny wonders. In a place like Ives Fen, they are particularly worth notice. In the fen itself, they're almost all you will see for the first half of the season. Rushes in particular facinate me with their feathery pollen catchers. They literally comb the pollen out of the air. And unlike grasses, I'm not allergic to them. This species occurs in open wet areas in AK, AZ, CA, CO, CT, HI, ID, IL, IN(E), KY(S), MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MT, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SD, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY, BC, LB, NB, NF, NS, ON, PE, QC, and SPM. Ives Fen Preserve, Lenawee Co MI, 8/28/15