|Liverleaf (Hepatica) found by Jill Hays|
|Hepatica leaves green up later in the spring. Note the hairy stalks - REK|
Liverleaf is also commonly called hepatica because of its previous species name Hepatica nobilis var. obtusa. That was in the "good old days," but since it was one of the few plant names I knew, they had to change it to Anemone americana to confuse me as rationalized here.
One of the cool things about liverleaf is its propagation. While it is self-pollinating and doesn't need insects for that step, it depends on ants to move and plant its seeds. Each seed has an elaiosome, a small, soft appendage that contains fatty nutrition. Ants pick up the seed and take it home with them, eating their treat while not harming the seed, a process called myrmecochory. Frequently it ends up in a pile of ant poop, dispersed and fertilized at the same time.
|A hepatica of a different color - and family - REK|
More on liverleaf is at skymea dows.info.