May. 6, 2017

cutleaf toothwort, Cardamine concatenata

This spring ephemeral was never one of my favorites, until this image. I really enjoy the millimeter worm. It's a lot less than an inch, and I didn't know they came this small. The pink buds with white veins were what caught my eye. When I got down on the ground to take this shot, I could see that there was something on the pistil. With the naked eye I couldn't see what. Downloading to the computer screen revealed a tiny wonder. The flowers are about 5/8 inch across. This toothwort grows in spring woods in AL, AR, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME(E), MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, NH(E), NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV, NB, ON, and QC. Ives FEn Preserve, Lenawee CO MI, 5/5/11.