Round-Lobed Hepatica

Saw the first Round-Lobed Hepatica (Hepatica americana) of the season. Appearance of this flower is usually considered a sign that spring has indeed finally arrived. For that, I am glad. This specimen was located in our hardwoods, but the trees’ leaves were not yet out. The round-lobed in the name refers to the leaves that can be seen on the right side of the picture. The three lobes of the leaf is kind of liver-shaped leading to other names for the plant including liverleaf and liverwort. The fern fiddleheads on the left side of the picture are also a welcome site. The woodlot will be exploding in greens soon as the ferns unfold and the tree leaves arrive.

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