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.
|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.)|
|Moose scat in foreground of moose path.|
|Trail of moose leading to flattened area that was its bed for the night|