Two very similar native species of yellow violets are blooming this month. Although their flowers look almost alike and their leaves are almost the same shape, the Evergreen Violet (Viola sempervirens) has thick, leathery leaves, whilst the Stream Violet (Viola glabella) has thin leaves. The Evergreen Violet also differs in having stolons, which are above-ground stems creeping along the ground and rooting at the nodes or at the tip and giving rise to a new plant. Both grow in moist forests, but the Stream Violet tends to grow in wetter habitat, often right beside a stream.
The slough habitat here understandably has estuarine plant species: the water flow is connected to the estuary. The nature trail is in floodplain forest habitat and at present there are carpets of Piggy-Back Plants (Tolmiea menziesii), False Lily of the Valley (Maianthemum dilatatum) and Siberian Miner’s Lettuce (Claytonia sibirica) in flower.
A runner stopped to comment that there are so many birds singing in these woods. She made it clear that she never wears plugs in her ears: she wants to hear them all!