The Elegant Stinkhorn
Scenes from the Field – Little Patuxent Floodplain, Laurel, MD
Our new Trimble GEO-XH, makes surveying easy.
American Hog Peanut, Amphicarpaea bracteata.
Virginia Dwarf Dandelion, Krigia virginica.
Elegant Stinkhorn, Mutinus elegans. Green-brown slime covers the upper part of the long-tapered pinkish stalk and imparts a nasty stink!
Irregular Earth Tongue, Neolecta irregularis.
Black-Eyed Susan, Rudbeckia hirta.
Canada Horsebalm, Collinsonia canadensis.
Paw Paw, Asimina triloba. Paw Paw the size of potatoes, and look, a stinkbug on the leaf.
Spangle Grass, also known as Longleaf Wood Oats, Chasmanthium sessiliflorum.
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.
Alien St. John’swort, Hypericum perforatum.
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.
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.
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.