Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Liverwort

Just before I put down my foot, I see something purple standing out against the largely still barren ground. I freeze, step back and squat down to take a closer look at the little flower - because that is what it turns out to be.


It is Liverwort (or Liverleaf) - Anemone hepatica. This member of the Buttercup family flowers in late winter or early spring and has the peculiarity that it closes its flowers in darkness and rain.


Close by I find a few more of these pretty purple flowers. This one is still half closed... because it has just rained.

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