Plants of Heinola

In the beginning of August I went to take photos of the plants along the railway in Heinola. I also made a trip to Paistjärvi area in Heinola with my mother.

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Railway, August 1

The photos are a bit blurry because it was already evening.

Field wormwood (Artemisia campestris).

The surface of the track.

Broad-leaved helleborine (Epipactis helleborine). I hadn't seen this orchid before. It is endangered in Finland.

Wild thyme (Thymus serpyllum).

Goldenrod (Solidago virgaurea).

Black mullein (Verbascum nigrum). I hadn't seen this plant before either. I like great mullein more, but this is beautiful as well.

White form of greater knapweed (Centaurea scabiosa). It's easily distinguished from other Finnish knapweeds by its dissected leaves.

Paistjärvi, August 2

Dutchman's pipe (Monotropa hypopitys). A parasitic plant without chlorophyll, it takes its nutrients from mychorrhiza of boletes, which live in symbiosis with pine trees. There were several groups of these around the forest. Last time I saw these was as a child.

Hawkweed (Hieracium Sylvatica Group, if I'm not mistaken).

Umbellate wintergreen (Chimaphila umbellata). I hadn't seen these beautiful flowers before.

Creeping lady’s-tresses (Goodyera repens). A little orchid which was found scattered around the forest. It was the first time I saw these too.

A mayfly (order Ephemeroptera) landed on my sleeve and stayed there for a while. The insects first live as a larva for 1 to 3 years, but the adult lives only hours or a couple of days. During this time it doesn't eat anything, but only looks for a mate to breed with.

Apparently a red-banded cortinarius (Cortinarius armillatus). Nice colour.

My mother went to take a photo of the exposed pine roots on a high sandy bank.

Part of the esker was burned intentionally.

More Dutchman's pipes.

I suppose this is a slime mould.

Eyebright (Euphrasia sp.).