You'll have to trust me that you can see it when you are out there. I marked it for you. When I zoomed the picture enough, I could see it.
I took quite a few pictures of plants, but a lot of them are not in focus. I'll have to try again. I got a few. This is downy yellow violet, Viola pubescens. It has tiny soft hairs and stipules, neither of which you can see in this picture.
And growing with it was long-spurred violet, Viola rostrata. This one is fun, because I don't see it too often. Will try to get better pictures of the key features. But one is that none of the petals have a "beard." I blew the picture way up, and all these petals are smooth.
There are lots of bedstraws. They are pretty easy to identify as a group because they have whorls of leaves growing around a long stalk. This one is fragrant bedstraw, Galium triflorum. Generally this one has 6 leaves in a whorl, but the key thing is that they creep along the ground and they are soft to the touch. Several others are rough. I saw another interesting one, but didn't take its picture. Tried to spot it walking back but didn't see it. Hopefully, I'll find it another day.
In other news: I edited in the morning, and I hope to work on the Newaygo County Data Book some more this evening.
North Country Trail, Lake County, MI, 5 Mile road out and back doing trail work- 3 miles total
North Country Trail miles so far in 2021 is at 266.
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