Some interesting shrubs and more en route to Longlac

It is always a pleasure to pull off the highway during the over 200 kilometer stretch of the Trans-Canada Highway which runs between Hearst and Longlac. This year I found 3 species of shrubs that I seldom see.

  1. Alder-leaved Buckthorn

Alder-leaved Buckthorn (Rhamnus alnifolia)

Alder-leaved Buckthorn (Rhamnus alnifolia)

2. Broad-leaved Meadowsweet

Broad-leaved Meadowsweet (Spiraea latifolia)

Broad-leaved Meadowsweet (Spiraea latifolia)

3. Wolfberry

Wolfberry (Symphocarpos occidentalis)

Wolfberry (Symphocarpos occidentalis)

Wild Rose, Balsam Fir and White-cedar are also found.

Wild Rose (Rosa acicularis)

Balsam Fir (Abies balsamea)

White-cedar (Thuja occidentalis)

Oak Fern

Oak Fern

Wildflowers include:

Starflower

Star-flower (Trientalis borealis)

Yellow Hawkweed (Hieracium caespitosum)

Pussy-toes (Antennaria)

Common Buttercup

Common Buttercup (Ranunculus acris)

Birdfoot Trefoil

Birdfoot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus)

and a Kaleidoscope of Tiger Swallowtail Butterflies. This is a common sight in the north.

Tiger Swallowtail Butterflies

Miles Hearn

 

 

 

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