As I tried to decide whether or not to buy this land, I looked for botanical signs of the quality of the environment.
From the listing photos (taken in mid-summer), I could tell that there were ferns, cardinal flower
(Lobelia cardinalis), starflower
(Lysimachia borealis), pink lady's-slipper orchids
(Cypripedium acaule), common boneset
(Eupatorium perfoliatum), and trillium
(Trillium sp.). As well as hemlock, birch, and beech trees.
That's actually a lot to go on for a botanist. It told me that the area was fairly undisturbed as New England forests go, with minimal penetration by invasive plants or pollution.
But of course I wanted to know more! Here are some non-woody organisms (herbaceous plants
) I was able to identify to at least the genus level
while the land was still mostly under ice and snow. These photos taken in March and early April:
|Ghost pipes (Monotropa uniflora) - a parasitic wildflower!|
|Trailing arbutus (Epigaea repens) - one of the earliest bloomers and smells amazing|
Fungi including Lichen:
Moss and Clubmoss:
A polypody fern (Polypodium sp.)
And all of them native to New Hampshire. What a wondrous world!
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