Monthly Archives: May 2014

Yellow Ladyslipper – Cypripedium parviflorum – Added to USWildflowers’ Database

Yellow Ladyslipper, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (5/25/2014.)  Scientific name is Cypripedium parviflorum.  It is also known as Lesser Yellow Lady’s Slipper, Greater Yellow Lady’s Slipper, Small Flowered Yellow Lady’s Slipper. Photo below was taken in Murray County, GA on May 15, 2014. Go to the Yellow Ladyslipper detail page for more photos and information.

Yellow Ladyslipper, Lesser Yellow Lady’s Slipper, Greater Yellow Lady’s Slipper, Small Flowered Yellow Lady’s Slipper - Cypripedium parviflorum

Yellow Ladyslipper – Cypripedium parviflorum

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Woolly Head Clover – Trifolium eriocephalum – Added to USWildflowers’ Database

Woolly Head Clover, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (5/18/2014.)  Scientific name is Trifolium eriocephalum.  It is also known as Hairy Head Clover, Cascade Clover, Cusick’s Clover, Martin’s Clover, and Fuzzyleaf CloverDicot Perennial. Photo below was taken in Custer County, ID on June 13, 2010. Go to the Woolly Head Clover detail page for more photos and information.

Woolly Head Clover, Hairy Head Clover, Cascade Clover, Cusick’s Clover, Martin’s Clover, Fuzzyleaf CloverDicot Perennial - Trifolium eriocephalum

Woolly Head Clover – Trifolium eriocephalum

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Grassy Mountain #Wildflower Trip May 2014 – Hunting for Cypripedium parviflorum

Grassy Mountain is a 3600’+ peak in Murray County, Georgia, just outside the southwest corner of the Cohutta Wilderness.  It’s probably best known as the home of Conasauga Lake, which at 3150′ is the highest lake in Georgia. It is formed by a small dam on the headwaters of Mill Creek. I’d spent a lot of time in and around the Cohutta Wilderness in the 90’s, but hadn’t been back much since then, so when I got an email last week from Mike Christison of the Georgia Botanical Society where he mentioned he’d seen Yellow Ladyslippers blooming on Grassy Mountain in the past, and that they were recently blooming at a much lower elevation, I figured this would be a great time for a return trip to the area. In spite of the cool temperatures, wind, and occasional rain, it WAS a great time; my wife and I identified (at least to a genus level) 37 40 different wildflower species in bloom, including this Wideleaf Spiderwort (Tradescantia subaspera.)

Wideleaf Spiderwort - Tradescantia subaspera

Wideleaf Spiderwort – Tradescantia subaspera along Mill Creek Road

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Antelope-Horn Milkweed – Asclepias viridis – Added to USWildflowers’ Database

Antelope-Horn Milkweed, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (5/13/2014.)  Scientific name is Asclepias viridis.  It is also known as Green Antelopehorn, Spider Milkweed, and Green Milkweed.  Photo below was taken in a Chickamauga Battlefield, Catoosa County, Ga on May 12, 2014. Go to the Antelope-Horn Milkweed detail page for more photos and information.

Antelope-Horn Milkweed, Green Antelopehorn, Spider Milkweed, Green Milkweed - Asclepias viridis

Antelope-Horn Milkweed – Asclepias viridis

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Asclepias (Milkweed) moved from Asclepiadaceae (Milkweed family) to Apocynaceae (Dogbane family)

Based on classification listed in ITIS and as now specified in Weakley’s Flora of the Southern and Mid-Atlantic States (2012), where Asclepiadaceae has been combined into Apocynaceae, I have changed the family classification of the Asclepias species included on USWildflowers.com accordingly:

 

 

 

Nashville Breadroot – Pediomelum subacaule – Added to USWildflowers’ Database

Nashville Breadroot, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (5/12/2014.)  Scientific name is Pediomelum subacaule.  It is also known as Whiterim Scurfpea, and Glade Potato .  Photo below was taken in a Chickamauga Battlefield Cedar Glade, Catoosa County, Ga on April 29, 2014. Go to the Nashville Breadroot detail page for more photos and information.

Nashville Breadroot, Whiterim Scurfpea, Glade Potato - Pediomelum subacaule

Nashville Breadroot – Pediomelum subacaule

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Miami Mist – Phacelia purshii – Added to USWildflowers’ Database

Miami Mist, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (5/10/2014.)  Scientific name is Phacelia purshii.  It is also known as Purple Scorpionweed.  Photo below was taken on the east side of Pigeon Mountain in Walker County, GA on May 2, 2014. Go to the Miami Mist detail page for more photos and information.

Miami Mist, Purple Scorpionweed - Phacelia purshii

Miami Mist – Phacelia purshii

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