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KD Talbot
07-29-2008, 08:56 PM
Every now and then I come across a new plant I haven't seen before and have trouble identifying. With some help from some folks on another forum I've got this one figured out. I saw it between The Lip and The Bowl on the way down Tuckerman Ravine Trail on Saturday.

http://www.ghostflowers.com/forumshots/48awashington72608.jpg

Woodland angelica Angelica sylvestris

Apparently it can cure whatever ails you, and makes good liqueur, too!

The flies sure loved it! I guess they were inebriated.

For more about this fascinating plant check here:

http://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/a/anegl037.html

KDT

Charlie
07-29-2008, 09:53 PM
wow cool thanks for sharing

forestgnome
07-30-2008, 09:30 PM
Kevin, this is a wonderful image of a nice wildflower and wildlife. Heve you gotten a id yet? I'll be looking for this one. Thanks for sharing.

happy trails :)

JimS
07-31-2008, 11:47 AM
Geez that's alot of flies. Never seen this one either...though with the legions of insects, I doubt it will be hard if I'm looking for it.

Congrats, and thanks for the education!

mtruman
08-03-2008, 06:08 PM
Apparently the flowers are UV fluorescent. Very cool! http://www.naturfotograf.com/UV_ANGE_SYL.html

http://www.naturfotograf.com/UV/ANG_SYL_I030605577.jpg

I've also never seen flies like this. They were deep blue. Perhaps Blue Bottle Flies? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_bottle_fly

Don't know if they live in New England. Says they are pollinators of some flowers with strong odors so that would make sense.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/b/b2/Blue_Bottle_Fly.jpg/800px-Blue_Bottle_Fly.jpg

KD Talbot
08-03-2008, 07:07 PM
I am even more intrigued by this plant now. I may have to hike back in some night and see if it's glowing in the dark!

KDT