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Wild Ginger

Asarum canadense

Description:

The plants are softly pubescent, especially the leaf petiole and flower. The flowers are located at the base of the plant - lying adjacent to the ground. Wild GingerThe flowers attract small, pollinating flies that emerge from the ground during early spring looking for a thawing carcass to munch on. It's position on the ground allows it to be readily found by the emerging flies. The color of the flowers are similar to that of decomposing flesh. So, the flies enter the flowers and feast upon the pollen. Some of the pollen attaches to their bodies and is taken with them when they visit the next wild ginger flower.

Habitat:

I found a large patch of wild ginger this afternoon in a deciduous forest!

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Christine Y.
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Christine Y.

New York, USA

Spotted on May 1, 2018
Submitted on May 2, 2018

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