Tour Stop 8: The Corridor of Fireflag

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Fireflag is a plant with broad leaves at the ends of long stalks and papery old brown leaves mixed in among new growth. At the ends of long reeds you will see small purple buds and blooms that hang down like teardrops. Fireflag grows abundantly along the straight-away corridor following the second gazebo. The flower of the fireflag plant is food for the Purple Gallinule. During the summer, when the plants bloom abundantly, there are dozens of Purple Gallinule feasting along this portion of the trail. The Purple Gallinule starts at the bottom of a stalk, and climbs to the top; rides the stalk as it droops, and then eats the buds and flowers at the top. The immature Purple is beautiful in late afternoon light. It appears to have golden feathers.


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