Friday, August 17, 2012

Oatka Creek Park • August 17

Orange Jewelweed. Another sign of the approaching end of the season are the first jewelweeds to bloom along the banks of Oatka Creek. So far, I only found the one plant of this species in bloom. Soon there will be many more.

Orange Jewelweed. These are also members of the Touch-Me-Not family and sometimes called Touch-Me-Nots.

Yellow Jewelweed. This is a closely related species to the Orange Jewelweed. Again, I only found one plant in bloom along the creek. It was mixed in with Stinging Nettles, as usually happens with this species. It is said the sap from Yellow Jewelweed will antidote the effects of Stinging Nettles and Poison Ivy.

Common Whitetail. This is a female of the species. The male's body is unmistakably bright white.