Thursday, August 2, 2012

A Cape Breton Bog Blog

Along the Cabot Trail the other day, we stopped at a site where there was a boardwalk across a bog and fen that made for a great look at plant adaptations. Have a look at some unique plants of the area.

Scattered throughout the bog/fen are patches of fluffy white cotton grass which is actually not a grass but a sedge, a close relative of grass.  It looks like cotton has been scattered throughout the area.
Patches of cotton-grass (actually a sedge).

Two different insectivorous plants live in the bog:  pitcher plant and sundew.
Pitcher plant.
Shelley taking photo of flower of pitcher plant.

Growing conditions for trees so poor that some of the tiny spruce may be as old as one hundred years.
Small spruce perhaps as old as one hundred years.

One genus of orchids is fairly common in this bog:  Habenaria
Orchid, Habenaria, in bloom.

In the little pools of water can be found yellow water-lilies, Nuphar

Nuphar, yellow water lily, in bloom. (Photo by Shelley Fink-Brackett.)
Although we saw no moose, there was evidence that one had been there.  A fresh path, littered with moose scat, led to a flattened area where a moose had slept.
Moose scat in foreground of moose path.

Trail of moose leading to flattened area that was its bed for the night
This was indeed a fun nature walk where we encountered unique plants adapted to the harsh conditions of the bog.



  1. I suspect it was a Habaneria Orchid that bloomed in my yard recently.

  2. There were some here in the meadow, but they were mowed down when we had the meadow mowed.