Chapters

The Green Swamp and Boiling Spring Lakes

Saturday, August 14, 2010

a walk through the longleaf pine savanna and pocosin of the Green Swamp followed by a walk around Boiling Spring Lakes


Heading out for a walk with David McAdoo, native orchid expert

The Green Swamp


Ludwigia virgata

slender seed-box between the evergreen leaves of Ilex glabra, inkberry


Xyris sp.

yellow-eyed grass

this long-horned flower beetle has some appetite!


Carphephorus sp.

chaffhead

I'm up here!


Lobelia sp.


Pinus palustris

longleaf pine in a fire-maintained community shown at various stages of development


Nyssa biflora?


unidentified

the thick leaves are fuzzy on the underside


Hypericum reductum

Atlantic St. Johnswort


Rhexia alifanus

smooth meadow-beauty or savanna meadow-beauty

can you spot the green lynx spider in this photo?


Crossing the pocosin

Clethra alnifolia in bloom


Making our way through the pine savanna


Valerie spots an orange milkwort, Polygala lutea

and hiding underneath are venus flytraps!


Polygala lutea

flower head of the orange milkwort

basal leaves


grass stage of longleaf pine flanked by inkberry, Ilex glabra

this evergreen shrub, Ilex glabra, is very abundant in the Green Swamp


Marshallia graminifolia

grassleaf Barbara's-buttons (and hidden predator)


Eupatorium sp


Sarracenia purpurea

purple pitcher plant with foxtail clubmoss, Lycopodium alepecuroides


Esther spots a yellow fringed orchid

Platanthera ciliaris


Sarracenia flava

yellow pitcher plant; trumpets


Sarracenia minor

hooded pitcher plant


Dionaea muscipula

Venus flytrap and lichen Cladonia sp.


Ctenium aromaticum

toothache grass in a "field" of wire grass, Aristida stricta


Polygala sp.

maybe P. brevifolia, shortleaf milkwort?

note persistent flower bracts; leaves of the main node appear to be whorled


Platanthera cristata

yellow-crested orchid


Consulting field guides


Transition zone

what a sharp transition! reflective of a change in the underlying soil composition


Aletris farinosa. ?

colicroot


Eryngium integrifolium


Polygala ramosa

low pinebarren milkwort


Eriocaulon sp.

pipewort; hatpins

close-up of the flower head


Magnolia virginiana

sweet bay


Drosera sp.

sundew


Tofieldia sp.

false asphodel?

image


Hypericum setosum

hairy St. John's-Wort


Hypericum stans

also Hypericum crux-andreae; St. Peter's-wort


Rhexia alifanus

smooth meadow-beauty with crab spider

crab spiders, disguised as part of the flower, lay in wait for their prey


Family Fabaceae


Hypericum gentianoides

pineweed


Clethra alnifolia

sweet pepperbush (it does smell sweet!)


Cyrilla racemiflora

titi; leatherwood


en route to Boiling Spring Lakes along 211

sweet bay

Gordonia lasianthus


Flowering vine

w/ another hidden Green Lynx


A ditch-full of surprises


Drosera intermedia


Habenaria repens

water-spider orchid


More carnivorous plants

bladderwort (Utricularia sp.), also shown below, and sundew (Drosera sp.)


Roadside attraction Boiling Spring Lakes

white fringed orchid and yellow-eyed grass; flytraps in background


Dionaea muscipula

Venus' Flytrap everywhere!


Platanthera blephariglottis

white-fringed orchid


on that note I’ll leave you until next time…THANK YOU to David McAdoo for being our fearless leader through the Green Swamp and Boiling Spring Lakes and introducing us to the beautiful native orchids of Brunswick County!

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