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Parnassia grandifolia (Large-leaved Grass-of-parnassus) | by jimf_29605
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Parnassia grandifolia (Large-leaved Grass-of-parnassus)

This morning, I went up to one of my favorite state Heritage Preserves where I hoped to photograph Large-leaved Grass-of-Parnassas. They had just begun to open and I was lucky to find one in full bloom. There were quite a few in bud, though, so in a week or so, there will be more open flowers.

 

This species is different from other Parnassia in one fairly obvious respect -- the central structure (ovary) is dark green, not white as in the species I photographed along the Blue Ridge Parkway last week...

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Taken on September 22, 2012