Sep. 25, 2018

Blue Ridge carrion-flower, Smilax lasioneura

Plant blindness is an inability to focus on and be aware of the plants around us. It usually occurs in people that aren't involved with plants at an early age, most often if you're raised in a city. If you plop such a person down in a field or forest, their only interest is finding their way out. I suspect most of us have experienced plant blindness when it comes to these inch and a half green balls of flowers. They are so much the same color as the rest of the green around them. But like their pollinators, you might find them with a different sense. There's a reason they are called carrion-flowers. Here's the female flower head, that hopes to be visited by any bug that appreciates its smell, but of course after it has visited a bunch of the male flowers. Blue Ridge carrion-flower grows in thickets and borders in AL, AR, CO, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, OH(T). OK, SD, TN, TX, VA, WI, WV, WY, MB, ON, and QC. Ives Fen Preserve, Lenawee Co MI, 6/17/11.