Phenology! This promises to be an interesting workshop and very topical in the face of alterations from climate change!
Four weeks ago on my way to the Louisiana Native Plant Society meeting in Woodworth, I grabbed a couple hours to hike at the ULM Biological Station, Charles Allen Nature Preserve near Columbia.
I was anxious to see if the Trillium had popped out of the ground yet, and I was not disappointed. I walked straight to the area where I had found them before in early February, and…. dozens! Lots of Trillium!
The vast majority were just leaves, as expected. A few had buds, tightly closed. One bud had a slim opening down the side such that I caught a glimpse of the dark purpley-red petals inside. And then, surprise! One, just one, in full bloom!
When I say, “That’s early for a Trillium to be in full bloom,” I’m making a phenological statement, albeit a rather vague and unscientific one.
March 14, 2020, Dr. Joydeep Bhattacharjee…
View original post 139 more words