Unknown Wildflower at Watts Flats

Wetland wildflower, photographed by Jeff Zablow at Watts Flats Wetland, NY

Barbara Ann (A”H or OBM”) showed me Watts Flats Wetland Reserve in far Western New York State. It sure must have been conserved because it includes several unique, rare and hard to find green plants.

This was one of them. Barbara Ann didn’t know its name, and that told me that it was special, very.

She passed this year, and Oh how she will be missed. She enabled me to visit many wondrous reserves in New York and in Ohio, where she introduced me to Angela and several other accomplished naturalists.

With 2021 just around the corner, my immediate plan is to scour Georgia and Florida for butterflies, and at the same time, seek extraordinary wildflowers and orchids. Who to lead the way, now that is the question?


One thought on “Unknown Wildflower at Watts Flats

  1. Hi Jeff,
    The “special” green plants with two yellow flowers are Tufted Loosestrife (Lysimachia thyrsiflora).
    The flowers appear about halfway up the plant, giving the plant a “tufted” look about it, hence the name ‘Tufted Loosestrife’.
    Family: Primrose Family – Primulaceae
    Habitat: Shores, streams, ditches, swamps, bogs. Often in shallow water.

    I am so sorry that you lost a great friend, Barbara Ann Case, “a gifted naturalist, and a top native orchid expert.”
    You have talked about her many times, and I know you miss her! The way I feel (through your description, although I had never met her), she was a good-hearted woman, a dedicated naturalist, a ‘true legend”!

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