Monthly Archives: July 2014

Little Brown Jug – Hexastylis arifolia – Added to USWildflowers’ Database

Little Brown Jug, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (7/30/2014.)  Scientific name is Hexastylis arifolia.  It is also known as Arrowleaf Ginger. Photo below was taken at the Lula Lake Land Trust Core Property in Walker County, GA on June 7, 2014. Go to the Little Brown Jug detail page for more photos and information.

Little Brown Jug, Arrowleaf Ginger - Hexastylis arifolia

Little Brown Jug, Arrowleaf Ginger – Hexastylis arifolia

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White Clintonia – Clintonia umbellulata – Added to USWildflowers’ Database

White Clintonia, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (7/19/2014.)  Scientific name is Clintonia umbellulata.  It is also known as Clinton’s Lily, and Speckled Woodlily. Photo below was taken in the Murray County, GA on May 15, 2014. Go to the White Clintonia detail page for more photos and information.

White Clintonia, Clinton’s Lily, Speckled Woodlily - Clintonia umbellulata

White Clintonia – Clintonia umbellulata

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A Visit to the Chattanooga #Riverwalk – Mink and More

The “Polar Vortex” came through the Chattanooga area in mid-July, giving us a few days respite from the muggy heat that usually oppresses us in July and August. It would have been horrible to waste that time indoors, so my wife and I spent a little bit of time on Chattanooga’s Tennessee River Walk at one of our favorite spots, the pond at Curtain Pole Road. We started out chasing dragonflies, but soon that turned into much more.

Dragonfly at Curtain Pole Pond

Dragonfly at Curtain Pole Pond – This is a composite of two photos of a single dragonfly – one on the approach; the other upon landing

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Tall Hairy Agrimony – Agrimonia gryposepala – Added to USWildflowers’ Database

Tall Hairy Agrimony, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (7/18/2014.)  Scientific name is Agrimonia gryposepala.  It is also known as Common Agrimony, Hooked Agrimony, and Tall Hairy Grooveburr. Photo below was taken in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Cocke County, TN on June 29, 2014. Go to the Tall Hairy Agrimony detail page for more photos and information.

Tall Hairy Agrimony, Common Agrimony, Hooked Agrimony, Tall Hairy Grooveburr - Agrimonia gryposepala

Tall Hairy Agrimony – Agrimonia gryposepala

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Small Purple Fringed Orchid – Platanthera psycodes – Added to USWildflowers’ Database

Small Purple Fringed Orchid, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (7/10/2014.)  Scientific name is Platanthera psycodes.  It is also known as Lesser Purple Fringed Orchid and Lesser Purple Fringed Bog-orchid . Photo below was taken in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Swain County, NC on June 28, 2014. Go to the Small Purple Fringed Orchid detail page for more photos and information.

Small Purple Fringed Orchid, Lesser Purple Fringed Orchid, Lesser Purple Fringed Bog-orchid - Platanthera psycodes

Small Purple Fringed Orchid – Platanthera psycodes

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It’s Not Spring #Wildflowers in the #Smokies, but…

My wife, two granddaughters, and I spent the week prior to July 4 in and around the western part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. We spent four nights dry camping in our motorhome in the Park’s Cosby Campground – a beautiful place – and then moved for the final three nights to a nice RV park about halfway between Cosby Campground and Gatlinburg.

Sydney crosses Cosby Creek

Sydney crosses Cosby Creek on our Low Gap Trail hike.

While it isn’t springtime in the Smokies, there were still a lot of wildflowers to be seen. I thought I’d share photos of a few of them, four three of which are “lifers” for me (in my haste I originally identified the white Monarda as Monarda bradburiana; I now believe it to be Monarda clinopodia.)

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