Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Morgan Monroe Ecoblitz

Last Saturday I joined the botany team for their monthly foray into the backcountry area of Morgan Monroe. It is fun to learn new plants, refresh old ones, and spend time with other botanists.

Downy Skullcap (Scutellaria incana)
Great Indian Plantain (Arnoglossum muehlenbergii)
Long-awned Woodgrass (Brachyelytrum erectum)
Starry Catchfly (Silene stellata)
Pretty Sedge (Carex woodii) is rhizomatous with a purple base.
Bosc's Panicgrass (Dichanthelium bosci) had a downward pointing beard at the nodes.
Dittany (Cunila oreganoides)
Broad-leafed Sedge (Carex platyphylla) was a glaucous blue-green on the slopes.
Carex virescens had fuzzy perigynia and a long spike.
Carex virescens had a fuzzy sheath.
Pinesap (Monotropa hypopithys)
Heart-leaf Hedgenettle (Stachys cordata)
Sanicula trifoliata (Large-fruited Blacksnakeroot) was trifoliate, with large, bristly fruit.
Swan's Sedge (Carex swanii) has fuzzy perigynia and short spikes.
Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) had bright red berries.
Spring Peeper (Pseudacris crucifer)

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