Once again I visited the boring nature site known as Crows Woods. Sure it takes hours to walk, there's almost nothing growing in the under story, and there are all of 5 signs to reads, (one about swam gas... oh joy,) but I'm starting to the place. Their lack of sign-age is a major issue though. If I wasn't skilled enough to identify insects and flowers I'd still be rating this nature preserve as the most boring in the country. But over the past week some interesting things have popped up.
The Secrets of Wildflowers: A Delightful Feast of Little-Known Facts, Folklore, and History. Though it's a little whimsical I'm growing to appreciate it.
Wikipedia offers more information. So thanks to the folks at the Wildlife Gardeners forum for you help identifying.
A forest that can support populations of parasitic plants is a true sign of health. Sure they are parasites but such things rarely kill their hosts. They should be admired for taking advantage of a certain click in their ecosystem. The added diversity should be treasured.