#Wildflowers on the #Waterfalls Trail at Cloudland Canyon State Park 04/16/2014

Wednesday, 04/16/2014, woke up bright and beautiful, if a bit chilly with overnight lows in the lower 30′s. I had a reminder on my calendar to check for Trillium sulcatum, a species I had not seen previously, at Cloudland Canyon State Park. Calendar and weather were in sync, so around 10 AM I headed out for my first visit to this wonderful, nearby state park in 2014. I spotted some Vernal Iris (Iris verna) along the park’s entrance road, a portent of what I hoped would be a beautiful walk. I was not disappointed.

Vernal Iris - Iris verna

Vernal Iris – Iris verna

 

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The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain Status Update 4/16/2014

It’s been nearly two weeks since I have been to The Pocket, and things are changing.  Several others of the “signature species” are waning – Virginia Bluebell, and Wood (Celandine) Poppy are almost gone, but all three of the Pocket’s three Trillium species are still blooming right now. Now is the time to head to The Pocket if you want to see the Trillium flexipes display – they’re at peak, but beginning to show some signs of age.

Bent White Trillium - Trillium Flexipes

Bent White Trillium – Trillium Flexipes

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Sweet Pinesap – Monotropsis odorata – Added to USWildflowers’ Database

Sweet Pinesap, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (4/5/2014.)  Scientific name is Monotropsis odorata.  It is also known as Pygmy Pipes, Carolina beechdrops, and Appalachian Pygmy Pipes.  Photo below was taken at the Devil’s Fork State Park, Oconee County, SC, on Mar 21, 2014. Go to the Sweet Pinesap detail page for more photos and information.

Sweet Pinesap, Pygmy Pipes, Carolina beechdrops, Appalachian Pygmy Pipes - Monotropsis odorata

Sweet Pinesap – Monotropsis odorata

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