Star Anise; Stinkbush
March 16, 2008
I must finally be making an influence on my husband after 29 years of hiking together! He spotted this flower blooming in the woods while we walked on the boardwalk at Krul Lake Recreation Area. I was so proud of him! :) It was the first time I'd seen this flower, so that made it even more special! The plant is a small tree and it was growing away from the boardwalk, so I had to use my telephoto lens to take this photo.
Maroon-colored flowers usually have a foul odor as a means of attracting flies or beetles as their pollinators, I didn't smell this one, but the name "Stinkbush" is a pretty good indicator that the flowers have a bad odor.