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GOAT'S RUE AND ANTS, the little specks are aphids


Flowering - May - August.

Habitat - Rocky open woods, glades, prairies.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - T. virginiana is a very striking and important plant. The large roots contain nitrogen fixing bacteria and also rotenone, the latter being used as an insecticide and fish poison. Traditionally, the plant had been used to treat many ailments such as tuberculosis, rheumatism, and bladder troubles. The plant has also been studied in cancer research.
Steyermark stated that the plant "does not transplant successfully" and doesn't really take from seed either because of the special relationships and requirements the plant has with the acid soil in which it grows
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Jun 10 2007 14:24 GMT soldier
This is magnificent... SUPER macro my friend!!! (my fav!)
Jun 11 2007 12:07 GMT curves PRO
Hey pj.....Glad you guy's made it home....Sunday was a saver for the show, J say's we'll have to apply again....damn!
Jun 12 2007 03:08 GMT fhelsing PRO
a marvelous photo!
Jun 12 2007 12:30 GMT JAX PRO
Wonderful. A lot going on with that flower.
Jun 13 2007 02:09 GMT ashdad PRO
Wonderful variety of images!
Jun 18 2007 00:52 GMT mickmusser
Wonderful action shot. The ants look like they are climbing on a dragon head. They don't seem to detect any rotenone.