The Big Pines Trail in Algonquin Park features old growth White Pines that survived the 1880’s logging of the area. While hiking this 2.9 kilometre looped trail we enjoyed the various plant life along the edge of the path. Someday I hope to get to the park earlier in the season to see what other plant life can be found in the springtime.
I believe the above is a young Cinnamon Fern but it took me a while to figure that out. Not all plants will grow to become a perfect specimen, which can make it difficult when books and online sources show you many examples that still do not seem to identify the one you photograph in nature. As always, it is best to take several pictures of different aspects of a plant if you wish to identify it later.
This is a Sensitive Fern, which has seen better days. This is one of the few ferns that I know by sight, although I had accidentally taught myself the wrong name for it and have had to relearn the correct one.
There are several horsetails that we came across during our trip to Algonquin. This is the Woodland Horsetail, which has branched branches coming off of its stem. Another type of Fern Allie is the perennial clubmoss. Above is the Shining Clubmoss which is similar to the Interrupted Clubmoss except it doesn’t have cones at its tips.
Bunchberry is a lovely native plant found in Central to Northern Ontario. The leaves are a distinct shape and grouping and the plant produces a gorgeous white flower in the centre of the leaves, followed by a showy bunch of bright red berry-like seeds.
The Starflower is another distinctive native wildflower that is always a delight to spot in any of it’s forms. The leaves resemble a star and the white, delicate flower rises up above the whorled leaves.
White Baneberry, also known as Doll’s-eyes, is a native plant with a showy white flowers which become white fruit with a black dot at the end of them. These berries are poisonous. As the berries grow and mature, the stalk will turn red.