Dec. 15, 2017

starflower, Trientalis borealis

It's not hard to understand how people could imagine flowers as stars fallen from above. But why do they imagine stars with points? I've never looked up at the sky and seen that effect. I wonder if people were imagining stars as flowers in the sky? In any case, we're now well trained to see pointed stars instead of points of light. So this particular star clearly deserves its name. These starflowers are about a half inch across, with five to nine points. They most often have seven, which is relatively unusual. They appear in late spring woods in CA, CT, DE, GA(E), ID, IL(T), IN, KY(E), MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, TN(T), VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, AB, BC, MB, NB, NF, NS, ON, PE, QC, SK, YT, and on SPM. Wilderness State Park, Emmet Co MI, 5/26/12.