Bog Plants… The Answers

The quiz was listed here:

And now, the answers…

1 – Common Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis)

2 – Marsh St Johnswort (Triadenum virginicum)
or maybe Fraser’s Marsh St Johnswort (T. fraseri) ?

There’s only one “Marsh St Johnswort” in my Newcomb’s Guide (c 1977).  It is listed as Hypericum virginicum.  At the USDA Plant database, though, there has been a split and a re-naming…

3 – Wild Calla or Water Arum (Calla palustris)

4 – Groundnut or Wild Bean (Apios americana)

5 – Bur-reed (Sparganium sp.)

I’m not sure which species.  I didn’t examine the plant very well while in the bog, due to mosquitos.  Thanks to Bonnie Matthews who helped me ID it!

6 – Common Arrowhead or Broadleaf Arrowhead (Sagittaria latifolia)

7 – I don’t know this one…

8 – I don’t know this one either…

Once again, I didn’t stay long to get better photos, due to mosquito bites!

So, I knew 6 of 8… 75%.  That’s a C.  (I should probably get a C-minus for not remembering to take insect repellent into a bog.)  Hmm…  Makes me think of a poster on my field biologist’s door in college:  “When hiking with a group of students, I make sure I always lead the way so that I can step on anything I don’t recognize.”

4 thoughts on “Bog Plants… The Answers

  1. Because I can’t stand mosquitoes, I’m sure glad you are out there taking the pictures. Your blog is full of great information and I can learn from the comfort of my home during mosquito season.

  2. Ok, so I know that this is probably not the correct post to ask you about this, but oh well. I want to purchase a set of Merrells. Now, I personally wanted some ankle support, but the mid height ones seem to go really high and limit your movement. Any suggestions?

  3. Hi Jennifer. I googled “calcareous bog” and, through the mysteries of the internet, discovered your blog. This page is almost a year old, but I’ll offer a possible ID to plant #8–I think it’s a species of skullcap (mint family).

    Your photos are beautiful.

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