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Fragments from Floyd

Yellow Adders Tongue, or…

2015-04-14-082026-1speckledTrout450…Trout Lily. And there are other common names as well for this familiar if short-lived flower of spring we find along Nameless Creek.

It blooms about the time trout season opens; its leaves have a speckled pattern like native trout (if there were any of those left in Nameless or Goose Creek.) So those facts might have contributed to the common name.

It does have edible tubers–if you’re willing to dig way way deep in the black and often rocky soil where they grow–often besides trout streams–like Goose Creek used to be before the deep scour holes filled with silt from roads, fields and construction sites upstream.

This is tough plant to get a good image of. It grows very close to the ground, is often facing same, and has enough depth that something is always going to be out of focus unless you have a good macro lens and maybe a small tripod.

Also, only the plants that have been around long enough to acquire two leaves will produce a flower. One-leaved (far more common) are only vegetative for a year or more.

5 thoughts on “Yellow Adders Tongue, or…”

  1. or dog-toothed violet and probably a dozen other names. I always thought it was called trout lily because its appearance usually coincides with the start of trout season. The leaves sure don’t look like a speckled trout to me!

  2. iPhone handheld, Camera Plus app, Macro setting. It’s a pretty impressive little tool. And it’s always in my pocket. The best camera to use is the one that you have with you, they say.

  3. Photo taken with an IPhone… amazing! Apparently, I need more education about how to use my IPhone to best advantage. “Camera Plus app and Macro setting.” I will have to figure that out… or get some help to figure it out. 🙂

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