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Author Topic: Hepatica in Ontario, Canada  (Read 1759 times)

Alan_b

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Hepatica in Ontario, Canada
« on: April 24, 2012, 07:08:13 AM »
I had the opportunity to observe some wild Hepatica growing near Perth in Ontario between the 12th and 16th April this year.  Ontario had an unusually mild winter so I imagine these flowers were earlier than usual.  Excluding trees and grasses these and Coltsfoot were the only wild flowers I found initially, although a spell of warm weather brought on violets and dandelions.  It was still too early for Trilliums.

I found the flowers surprisingly easy to miss.  They never seem to grow very densely and the flowers turn to face the sun so they are much easier to spot if you approach with your back to the sun.  They seem to locate themselves in clearings in woodland or in areas where the trees are less dense.  My first photograph shows the most densely-packed area I found.  Yet you can barely make out the Hepaticas as tiny dots of white, blue or pink.     
Almost in Scotland.

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Re: Hepatica in Ontario, Canada
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2012, 07:18:16 AM »
This was on a nature walk so the flora was conveniently captioned.

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Re: Hepatica in Ontario, Canada
« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2012, 07:27:52 AM »
Some pictures of the flowers.  In the first picture you can make out a dog-eared leaf and also what I presume is an Erithronium leaf; these were distributed profusely here.
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Re: Hepatica in Ontario, Canada
« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2012, 09:17:32 AM »
Lovely to see that Alan.  I didn't know they were native to Ontario.  Must tell my friends....
Chris Boulby
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