Old Military Trail Wildflower Walk • Jefferson County
Saturday, May 10th, 2014 @ 1pm
Casey's General Store • 150 Main Street • Ozawkie, KS • Map
Meet at Casey's in Ozawkie to carpool to the trail head, as parking is limited. The trail is rich with spring woodland wildflowers. We should see woodland phlox, may apples, and Virginia waterleaf just to name a few. If you plan to attend, please contact: Fred or Nancy Coombs 785.872.3463
Contact: Fred or Nancy Coombs email@example.com 785.872.3463
Sponsor: Kansas Native Plant Society
9 people attended the event.
On Saturday, May 10 nine people met for the third annual Atchison Region of the Kansas Native Plant Society’s woodland hike at Perry Lake's Old Military Trail. They came from the nearby towns and villages of Lawrence, Topeka, McClouth, Perry, Soldier, and Holton to enjoy a sunny, 84-degree afternoon. Although some spring ephemeral plants like Dutchman’s breeches, trout lily, false rue anemone (still with a few blooms), and toothwort (seeding!) were in various post-blooming stages, clusters of mature mayapples, Jack-in-the-pulpit, woodland phlox, aniseroot, and a rare large, reddish mushroom (Gyromitra caroliniana) lit the leafy area around fallen oaks or along the path. There were scant blooms on some bladdernut shrubs, no catkins on ironwood trees; the redbud and buckeye trees were in full leaf. Rattlesnake ferns, a woodland silene (Silene stellata?), Joe Pye weed, green dragon, Virginia knotweed, Michigan lily, and others were in pre-bloom mode. Several participants shared their expertise, greatly enhancing this native woodland understory experience. Although still annoyingly obvious in the lower, wetter areas, a decline in the prolific, invasive garlic mustard plants of past years was noted by regular visitors. Hopefully pulling garlic mustard plants, (and some Japanese honeysuckle) there for the past three years is beginning to have a positive effect. Perhaps this is an example of local stewardship Krista has been promoting in KNPS. Some 40 plants were noted.
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