Monthly Archives: August 2011

Fly Poison – Amianthium muscitoxicum – Added to USWildflowers Database

Fly Poison, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (08/20/2011.) Scientific name is Amianthium muscitoxicum.  It is also known by the common name Stagger Grass.  Photo below was taken in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Aug 1, 2011.   Go to the Fly Poison Detail Page for more photos and information.

Fly Poison, Stagger Grass - Amianthium muscitoxicum

Fly Poison, Stagger Grass - Amianthium muscitoxicum

Purple-headed Sneezeweed – Helenium flexuosum – Added to USWildflowers Database

Purple-headed Sneezeweed, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (08/13/2011.) Scientific name is Helenium flexuosum.  Photo below was taken in Walker County, GA on July 30, 2011.   Go to the Purple-headed Sneezeweed detail page for more photos and information.

Purple-headed Sneezeweed, Purplehead Sneezeweed - Helenium flexuosum

Purple-headed Sneezeweed, Purplehead Sneezeweed - Helenium flexuosum

Seedbox – Ludwigia alternifolia – Added to USWildflowers Database

Seedbox, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (08/11/2011.) Scientific name is  Ludwigia alternifolia. It is also known by the common names Smooth Seedbox, Bushy Seedbox, Rattle-box, and Square-pod Water-primrose.  Photo below was taken in the Walker County, GA on July 22, 2011.   Go to the Seedbox detail page for more photos and information.

Seedbox, Smooth Seedbox, Bushy Seedbox, Rattle-box, Square-pod Water-primrose - Ludwigia alternifolia

Seedbox, Smooth Seedbox, Bushy Seedbox, Rattle-box, Square-pod Water-primrose - Ludwigia alternifolia

Maiden Blue-eyed Mary – Collinsia parviflora – Added to USWildflowers Database

Maiden Blue-eyed Mary, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (08/05/2011.) Scientific name is Collinsia parviflora. It is also known by the common names Smallflower Blue Eyed Mary and simply Blue-eyed Mary.  Photo below was taken in the Boise National Forest in Ada County, ID  on June 10, 2011.   Go to the Maiden Blue-eyed Mary detail page for more photos and information.

Blue-eyed Mary, Maiden Blue Eyed Mary, Smallflower Blue Eyed Mary - Collinsia parviflora

Blue-eyed Mary, Maiden Blue Eyed Mary, Smallflower Blue Eyed Mary - Collinsia parviflora

Elk – Great Smoky Mountains National Park

When Europeans discovered North America, the Eastern Elk inhabited the eastern part of the continent in large numbers, including the Appalachian Mountains.  By the late 1800’s, the Eastern Elk subspecies of Cervus elaphus (sometimes classified as Cervus canadensis) had been hunted to extinction.   In 2001, after more than 120 years of absence, the National Park Service reintroduced Elk (Rocky Mountain subspecies) to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as an experiment.  The experiment has been successful, and the elk are now well-established and have become a great attraction for visitors to the Cataloochee area of the Smokies.

On Monday of this week (08/01/2011) my wife and I drove the stretch of the Blue Ridge Parkway from Balsam Gap outside of Waynesville, NC, to Cherokee.  The wildflowers were great, including some “lifers” for us like Yellow Fringed Orchid, Fly Poison, and Lion’s Foot, which you’ll be seeing on these pages in the future.  We took a side trip up Heintooga Ridge Road to check out the Balsam Mountain Campground.  The Heintooga Ridge runs along the southwestern end of the Cataloochee area where the elk are located, and Cindy and I had commented that we’d need to get over to Cataloochee someday to see the elk.  All of a sudden as we rounded a curve there were two elk standing in the road!  I quickly stopped and grabbed a couple of photos through the window as this fellow posed for us as he ambled off along the side of the road.

Elk in the Smokies - Cervus elaphus

Elk in the Smokies - Cervus elaphus

Thank you, Lord, for a great day with my wife, wildflowers, and wildlife!