Mayapples and Eastern Dogwoods

The Mayapples and the Eastern Dogwoods are two plants that do not occur naturally in Wise County. So it is always a treat to see them in Fannin County.

The first Mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum) found only had a bud. Hmmm, were we too early for flowers?
Mayapples are dioecious. Meaning there are separate male and female plants. Males have only a single stem. Females have a split stem midway up.
Indeed we felt lucky to find an open Mayapple flower! Eventually we did find more in bloom.
Some of the Mayapples were just leafing! Funky looking, eh.
Most of the Dogwoods branches and flowers were high above our reach. However we finally found one that was in reach.
And each petal had these tips that were like a down spout! What do you think is the purpose for this feature? Any ideas?

In fact these two plants were one of many of the highlights to visiting the Caddo NG! Don’t miss the opportunity to go see this beautiful public treasure in Fannin County!

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  1. The first time I saw a large patch of mayapples in a forest in East Texas, I thought it looked like a magical fairy village with the flower blossoms under the umbrellas of the plants. I actually laid on the ground to get a picture from the fairies’ perspective. I need to dig up that photo.

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