Monday, July 16, 2012

Purple loosestrife

Purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) makes an appearance in a ditch just south of the McAllister Park golf course in Lafayette.  This is in the flood plain of the Wabash River, so it is at risk to spread elsewhere in the river system.  Or maybe it's in other places along the Wabash already.  This is the first time I've seen it here or anywhere close to the Wabash River.

Link to Lythrum salicaria:

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A closer look at the Lythrum salicaria, with bumblebees.(Bombus).

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Another surprise here, Desmanthus illinoensis, also in the ditch near the purple loosestrife.  This is a native prairie plant but not one I'd expect at this formerly heavily ecologically degraded site.

Link to previous post on Desmanthus illinoensis:

All pictures taken July 8, 2012.

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