Spring in Porter-Rogerson Forest

The Porter-Rogerson Forest is about 200 acres owned by the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. As a volunteer steward to this property, it is my responsibility to keep it clear of trash, ensure there are no encroachments, hide the evidence of late night party spots, etc. etc. When I go there, however, it’s hard to anything except explore! In the lower section there is a fantastic swampy area, and it is putting out some quite lovely flowers!

Trillium undulatum, painted trillium, painted wakerobin

Petiole of Trillium umdulatum, painted trillium
The first Trillium undulatum, or painted trillium, of the year! Unlike other local trilliums, the leaves are attached by petioles.

“Petiole,” by the way, is a word you should know. Any stalk attaching a leaf to a stem is a petiole. When keying out a plant, this is an important fact to notice.
If a plant does not have petioles, the leaves are attached directly to the stem.


Coptis trifolia, three leaved goldthreadCoptis trifolia, or three-leaved goldthread, is another first for the year (besides in Keith’s terrarium. That does not count.)  If you look closely early in the spring you can see tiny unopened flowers that are just waiting to burst open into these amazingly intricate beauties. For reference, the two pictures above were taken two days apart. On Sunday this area was mass of tiny not-so-exciting balls. By Tuesday, about half of them had popped open!  The “goldthread” name comes from the bright orange rhysomes which were used medicinally by Native Americans.

Erythronium americanum, American trout lily

The first New Hampshire Erythronium americanum, or American trout-lily, in bloom! Of course, after seeing this I started seeing them in every freaking drainage ditch and roadside puddle…. but still, it was the first. You can see the mottling on the leaf that gives it it’s name.

Uvularia sessilifolia, sessile-leaved bellwort

Sessile-leaved bellwort (sessile means “without a stalk,” so the leaves are attached directly to the stem).  Apparently the young greens are edible, but they are too pretty to eat. Please don’t.

Viburnum lantanoides, hobblebush

Viburnum lantanoides, or hobblebush.
This shit is e-v-e-r-y-w-h-e-r-e.
Lucky for it, we like everything that is green this time of year. The flowers here are just barely starting to open!

GoBotany species links:
Trillium undulatum, painted trillium
Coptis trifolia, three-leaved goldthread
Erythronium americanum, American trout-lily
Uvularia sessilifolia, sessile-leaved bellwort
Viburnum lantanoides, hobblebush



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