The Elegant Stinkhorn

Scenes from the Field – Little Patuxent Floodplain, Laurel, MD

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Our new Trimble GEO-XH, makes surveying easy.

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American Hog Peanut, Amphicarpaea bracteata.

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Virginia Dwarf Dandelion, Krigia virginica.

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Elegant Stinkhorn, Mutinus elegans.  Green-brown slime covers the upper part of the long-tapered pinkish stalk and imparts a nasty stink!

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Irregular Earth Tongue, Neolecta irregularis.

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Black-Eyed Susan, Rudbeckia hirta.

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Canada Horsebalm, Collinsonia canadensis.

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Paw Paw, Asimina triloba.  Paw Paw the size of potatoes, and look, a stinkbug on the leaf.

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Spangle Grass, also known as Longleaf Wood Oats, Chasmanthium sessiliflorum.

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Action Jackson, my Bernese/Pyrenees puppy.  Dirty from rolling in deer poop and streams, but happy to be in the field.  He’s exhausted and sleeping under my feet while I’m preparing this blog entry.

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Alien St. John’swort, Hypericum perforatum.

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Caesar’s Amanita, Amanita caesarea.  The American Caesar’s Mushroom is the photo that adorns the cover of Audubon’s Field Guide to American Mushrooms.  The nip along the base may have come from a box turtle feeding on the mushroom.

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Fowlers Toad, Anaxyrus fowleri.  As you walk the floodplain and wetlands you push/herd frogs out ahead of you, all of which head for the water.  This toad hid in an indentation of a tree stump.  Being trapped, I was able to set my camera to ISO 1600 and get a naturally bright photo in a dark root flare, without a flash.

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Angel’s Wings, Pleurocybella porrigens.  Hot and humid in the field today, with lots of ticks and a ground nest of yellow-jackets.  The site is a large and beautiful forested area of mature floodplain hardwoods.

 

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