Monthly Archives: April 2010

Prester John – Arisaema triphyllum ssp. quinatum – Added to USWildflowers Database

Prester John, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database. Scientific name is Arisaema triphyllum ssp. quinatum, a subspecies of Arisaema triphyllum.  This plant also goes by the common name Jack in the Pulpit, but this is a distinct separate subspecies from Arisaema triphyllum ssp. triphyllum, the plant we usually see and call “Jack in the Pulpit.”

Update 04/13/2016: Based on Weakley’s Flora, I have changed this to Arisaema quinatum.

Prester John - Arisaema triphyllum ssp. quinatum

Prester John – Arisaema triphyllum ssp. quinatum

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For the first time ever has an Alexa ranking (FWIW) in the top million websites.  While thinking “Wow, 983,000 websites are more popular” is certainly one way to think about it, but considering that there are supposedly between 200 million and 300 million websites out there, a ranking in the top million is a pretty good ranking.

Also through yesterday, the 12-month total hits on the website has exceeded 1 million.  Hits are not really a good measure of website traffic, because a single page may have many, many hits involved (each thumbnail on a page causes a “hit.”)  However, I still consider it to be a milestone, and it came much more quickly than I expected.  April has been a pretty amazing month – I thought March was big, having 3 times the number of hits as the highest previous month, but April now has more than doubled March’s hit  count, and if the daily average carries through the end of the month, there could be a half-million hits this month alone.

Now, if only that translated into advertising revenue.  But the wildflower hobby and publishing this website have been rewarding in many other ways…

04/14/2010 Wildflower Status Update on The Pocket

Work and grandkid schedule have left time only for a quick trip down to The Pocket on Wednesday evening.  My primary purpose was to determine if the Bellwort down there is Large-flowered or Perfoliate (mission accomplished.)  We also took a spin around the boardwalk and made a trip north of the parking area, but did not get up the horse trail toward the falls, so I’m unable to update the status of flowers found along that trail.

Wild Geranium - Geranium maculatum

Wild Geranium - Geranium maculatum

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04/06/2010 Wildflower Status Update at The Pocket on Pigeon Mountain

We made a quick trip down to The Pocket on Tuesday evening.  We made a short 100-yard walk up the horse trail and took a spin around the boardwalk, so I’m unable to update the status of flowers found along the trail to the falls, but here’s what I’ve got.

Wild Blue Phlox - Phlox divaricata

Wild Blue Phlox from 04/06/2010

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04/01/2010 The Pocket Status Update

In summary: This will be a good weekend at The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain, especially since tomorrow is forecast to be sunny and warm, as was today. 

Aquilegia canadensis - Columbine

Aquilegia canadensis - Columbine from 04/01/2010

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