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May 2, 2008

Back from another busy weekend, this time at the MN Master Naturalist's Conference in Maple Lake, MN. The Spring ephemerals are still popping out. Seems our cold rainy early May weather just can't keep them down any longer.
This is Bloodroot, so named for the juice extracted from it's fleshly and amply proportioned rhizomes, which are the way they are because it has to live under ground about 50 weeks a year. It is also known in certain circles as Sanguinaria Canadensis. Bloody Canadians.
It's teenie tiny seeds are just the right size to be dispersed by red ants.
Yo, Antboy! Go deep, I'll hit yuh on the 40 yard line!

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