Wot Lives in the Bog

Second in this series from rq are plants growing in a bog. I hope she did not get too wet trying to get these pictures for us. They are beautiful and they do illustrate the biodiversity of an acidic bog nicely. There is even a predator here, hidden bellow the fold.

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Possibly a plant from the Cyperaceae family

Calluna vulgaris

Calluna vulgaris

Vaccinium vitis-idaea L

Vaccinium vitis-idaea L

Drosera sp.


  1. rq says

    There were two species, one which was growing all over the peat (near the trail -- I got a few shaky photos, but to get closer I’d have to get off the trail, and there is no way I will go off-trail in that bog…), and this one, which grows at the edge of the marshpools (previous comment re: off-trail applies). The lighting was poor (rain, overcast, finally!). I also had a very worried 8-year-old hovering, ready to catch just in case I would slip while taking a photo, so my pictures of the other species are extremely blurry. Moi? I chalk it up to predators being good at camouflage…

  2. rq says

    Also the first Vaccinium is most likely Empetrum nigrum L., the crowberry (or, if you prefer direct-translate from Latvian, the chickenberry, much like raspberries are sheepberries and blackberries are goatberries).

  3. says

    @rq, identifying plants is optional. I might have mis-identified the plants labeled as Vaccinium, but I will let it be. It is difficult to identify a plant from a picture and the species that you have named to not live here so I have no experience with them.

  4. Nightjar says

    Beautiful set! I love Calluna vulgaris, it’s such a pretty plant. The Drosera is so cool, I’ve never seen one in their natural habitat.

  5. voyager says

    Your photos are beautiful. I’ve never seen a bog and I can’t imagine I ever will. Thanks for sharing the experience.
    Don’t worry too much about identifying plants. There’s usually someone in the comments who’ll help. Same with bugs.

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