The name bunchberry
derives from the plant's "bunches" of red fruit.
Small sites adjacent to the boardwalk were excavated, weeded of invaders such as salmonberry (Rubus spectablis), hardhack (Spirea douglasii), and salal, and labelled to allow visitors to identify sphagnum, bunchberry
, Arctic starflower, and other bog plants.
Then, the insect carries the pollen to other bunchberry
flowers--an important step in keeping the plant species alive and blooming.
dogwood (Cornus canadensis) bears flowers much like those of the beloved ornamental dogwood tree, but the entire bunchberry
stands hardly knee high.
OPENING TIME: The blooming of a bunchberry
dogwood in less than half a millisecond as captured by scientists using a special video camera taking 10,000 frames every second
Bleeding heart, vanilla leaf, bunchberry
, beadlily, trefoil foamflower, trillium: I am bombarded with life.
Pennsylvanicum) our earliest one, but entire leaved and with a downy stem and leaf; I have not seen it in Massachusetts; Diervilla trifida; Microstylis ophioglossoides, an orchidaceous plant new to us; wild holly (Nemopanthes Canadensis); the great round-leaved orchis (Platanthera orbiculata), not long in bloom; Spiranthes cernua, at the top; bunchberry
, reddening as we ascended, green at the base of the mountain, red at the top; and the small fern, Woodsia ilvensis, growing in tufts, now in fruit.
Understory species vary greatly but widespread and common species include wild sarsaparilla (Aralia nudicaulis L.), false lily of the valley (Maianthemum racemosum (L.) Link), bunchberry
(Comus canadensis L.), and starflower (Trientalis borealis Raf.).