Sunday, April 11, 2010

Grab Bag of Florida and Alabama Plants, Part 2

Rhododendron canescens - Mountain Azalea
I have gone back and forth about this azalea, and not having a guide or key available has made it more difficult. R. canescens is supposed to be fairly pubescent, as these are. They seem to match the description on Alabama Plants.
Helianthemum carolinianum - Carolina Frostweed
If anybody is familiar with this little member of the Cistaceae, please feel free to correct the ID. This was growing in the sandy, dry soil along a pipeline corridor in Gadsden County, Florida. Thanks, Scott, for the ID help.
Illicium floridanum - Florida Anise-tree
I posted a picture earlier from Torreya State Park, but that individual was from a native landscaping. I was very excited to see one growing wild on Friday and climbed down a Japanese Honeysuckle and Rubus covered him to see it up close. I did not realize yet that this shrub was blooming everywhere, filling the understory along wooded streams.
Clematis crispa - Swamp Leatherflower
This Clematis was blooming in a nice forested wetland seep in Gadsden County, Florida.
Iris verna - Dwarf Iris or Spring Iris
Similar to Iris cristata in stature, but lacking a beard of the sepals. This was blooming all over Little River State Park, Alabama.
Viola pedata - Birds-foot Violet
I almost overlooked this gorgeous violet at Little River State Park because it is almost the same color and height as the iris.
Drosera brevifolia - Dwarf Sundew
Blooming on a sandy, apparently dry hillside in Escambia County, Alabama. The relative proportion of the flower to the leaves is striking.

Polygala lutea - Orange Milkwort

Sarracenia rubra - Sweet Pitcher Plant
Escambia County, Alabama

1 comment:

Kelly said...

Hey Ben, I may've mislead you if I said the drosera is capillaris. It's brevifolia, and the glandular flower stock plus the leaf petioles being shorter than the leaf paddles or whatever people call them make it this and not capillaris. I'm still learning.