May. 23, 2017

upright carrion-flower, Smilax ecirrata

Wow! Two new carrion-flowers in the same day! One of them of special concern in Michigan. Does it get any better than this? Does Coach Harbaugh's mantra of "enthusiasm unknown to mankind" apply to carrion-flowers? Well, maybe not. But it's always fun to shoot new flowers. These also attract flies, which pollinate these unappealingly scented flowers. I've often lamented that the camera can't capture the scent of flowers. In this case, that's OK. We will have to wait a couple weeks for the other one to bloom. These flower heads are about an inch across. This carrion-flower grows in woods in AL, AR, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, NE, OH, OK, SD, VA, WI, WV, and ON. Lenawee Co MI, 5/22/17.