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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Rain followed by warm weather equals wildflowers!

John Sperry recently photographed a field of Zigadenes, Zigadenus fremontii.

Cece Case captured a Calypso Orchid, Calypso bulbosa.

And on the Point Arena-Stornetta Lands Rozann Grunig found this lovely wildflower with the unlovely name of Western Skunk Cabbage, Lysichiton americanus.

This plant loves water and is one of the few native species in the arum family. The plant is called skunk cabbage because of the distinctive "skunky" odor that it emits when it blooms. The odor of the blooms attracts its pollinators, scavenging flies and beetles.

Many more wildflowers will be blooming in the days to come as we have had the perfect equation for them to bloom.

Thanks to John, Cece and Rozann for allowing me to share their photos with you here.

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