Tuesday, June 29, 2010


Bank of chicory flowers, 10th St. Monday morning, June 29, 2010.

Mayapple fruit

Mayapples (Podophyllum peltatum) are in fruit in the woodlands. This mayapple is at Stewart's Woods, also known as Hort Park Woods. Picture taken June 21, 2010.

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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Iris pseudacorus

These are fruits of Iris pseudacorus, at the lagoon at Columbian Park. Probably not a good idea to have planted it here, as it tends to spread invasively. Picture taken June 20, 2010.

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Box Turtle

Why does the box turtle cross the road? To get to the other side! This box turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina) was crossing the road somewhere south of Green Hill in Warren County. If you find a box turtle, don't take it home with you, it needs to stay in its own home range. Just help it get to the other side of the road. Picture taken June 19, 2010.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Hedge parsley

This is hedge parsley, Torilis arvensis, a common plant in the Lafayette area. Torilis arvensis is a preferred plant for caterpillars of swallowtail butterflies. This Torilis arvensis is near North River Road and State St. in West Lafayette, behind Spurlock's. Picture taken June 13, 2010.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Amanita mushroom

This Amanita mushroom is at Weiler-Leopold Nature Reserve in Warren County. The recent wet weather has resulted in mushrooms popping up all over. This picture was taken June 19, 2010.

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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Deptford pink

Deptford pink (Dianthus armeria) at Weiler-Leopold Nature Preserve in Warren County. Picture taken June 16, 2010. Deptford pink is a non-native invasive plant here, becoming prevalent in the prairie area.

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Friday, June 18, 2010

Rosa setigera, a wild rose

Rosa setigera, a native wild rose, at Weiler-Leopold Nature Reserve in Warren County.

The structure in the center of the Rosa setigera flower are styles united into a column, protruding from the hypanthium.

Golden Raintree

This row of golden raintrees (Koelreutaria paniculata) are near University Street just south of the pharmacy building on Purdue campus. Picture taken June 16, 2010.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010


This is a Juncus, possibly Juncus dudleyi. A concrete barrier was placed here to block traffic flow through the Levee Plaza area giving this Juncus a chance to grow here. Picture taken June 14, 2010.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Rudbeckia hirta

This is Rudbeckia hirta planted as landscaping in front of Lynn Hall on Purdue campus. Rudbeckia hirta is commonly called Black-eyed Susan but this is a commercially developed cultivar, quite possibly Rudbeckia hirta 'Prairie Sun'. Our native Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta) have flowers with chocolate brown centers. Picture taken June 14, 2010.

Friday, June 11, 2010


These daylilies (Hemerocallis fulva) grow outside the Moses Fowler House at 9th & South Streets. You can cook and eat daylilies. I've tried them but don't much care for them though. Picture taken June 7, 2010.

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Musk Thistle

This musk thistle (Carduus nutans) grows along the trail at Tapawingo Drive in the Levee area. The pith inside the upper part of the stem is good to eat if you peel away the outer rind. Picture taken June 10, 2010.

Monday, June 7, 2010


Juneberries are ripe, better collect them now while you can. Some trees are not producing fruit, some still have loads of great and tasty fruit, some still have juneberries but are getting a bit old and dried out. This tree is at the corner of Marstellar and State St. This picture was taken June 3, 2010, and the fruit is now all gone.


This is motherwort (Leonuris cardiaca), along Tapawingo Drive in the Levee area of West Lafayette, June 7, 2010. Motherwort is common in waste places. The purple flowers in the background are crown vetch (Securigera varia).

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Tree lilacs

These tree lilacs (Syringa reticulata) are on Brown Street in West Lafayette. Tree lilacs flower later in the season than regular lilac shrubs. Picture taken May 31, 2010.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Mock-orange gone wild

This mock-orange shrub (Philadelphus sp.) is growing wild on the bank of Deer Creek in Carroll County. This is in Trailhead Park right next to the suspension bridge over the creek. Pictures taken May 29, 2010.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010


Pawpaw saplings (Asamina triloba) like these are common on the wooded slopes of the Moyer Gould nature preserve in Carroll County. Picture taken May 29, 2010.