More on the northern end…

There are three bigger lakes on the northern units located above Hwy 82 in Fannin County. Totally different ecosystem in the northern units than the Blackland Prairie of the lower Ladonia Units.

More Chokecherry with its red leaves below the main leaf.

An angry face!

Our silent friend had followed us down the trail. 😉

Wood’s Ear jelly fungus with the Bushy Beard Lichen (Usnea strigosa)!

Near the creek, another nice find was the Mayapples (Podophyllum peltatum)! The female plants have two leaves. Males only one leaf.

They were almost ready to bloom!

Last but not least, but not on the same trail as above, Resurrection Fern (Pleopeltis polypodioides)! An amazing fern that can lose 75 to 97% of its water content during dry times. (https://www.nwf.org/Educational-Resources/Wildlife-Guide/Plants-and-Fungi/Resurrection-Fern) When it is dry, it shrivels up and looks brown and dead. Thus the common name.
The back side of a frond was interesting. It was not mature yet as there were no spores yet. The Resurrection Fern was along the road to one of the lakes.

Keep looking!

The more you know, the more you see and the more you see, the more you know.

7 Comments

  1. Lots of cool things. Did not know resurrection fern lived here. Love the sunglasses on long tongued critter.

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