Erythronium americanum BX 364

fritchick .
Tue, 01 Jul 2014 08:00:21 PDT
Roy, very much enjoyed your post, and the informative pictures.  One of my
favorites in the spring for sure.  And I love a little arisaema, any day.

On Tue, Jul 1, 2014 at 10:57 AM, Roy Herold via pbs <>

> Folks,
> I've been meaning to post an update to the status of the huge population
> of Erythronium americanum that I found this spring.
> Browse through my album of pictures on Flickr to see what they looked like:
> These are growing alongside the Aberjona River in Woburn MA, near a rather
> dull industrial area (note the abandoned tractor trailer). There are tens
> of thousands of individual plants, although the number of distinct clones
> is probably small due to their stoloniferous nature.
> I found one area that was threatened by a dirt bike track and thought it
> was worth saving a few plants. Towards the end of the album are some bulbs
> I dug in early May that show how deeply they grow, and the stolons forming
> on the non-blooming ones that were closer to the surface.
> The bulbs for the BX were dug after the foliage had gone dormant. I was
> amazed to find a dense tangle of spaghetti-like stolons, each of which had
> a little bulb forming at the tip. I threw them in a plastic bag and brought
> them home, where they sat for a few weeks. When I unwrapped them, the
> spaghetti strands had dried up and the little bulbs had tripled in size.
> Most curious.
> Enjoy,
> --Roy
> NW of Boston
> 90F today
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