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.
The photos can be enlarged by clicking.
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.).