The Green Swamp and Boiling Spring LakesSaturday, 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
slender seed-box between the evergreen leaves of Ilex glabra, inkberry
this long-horned flower beetle has some appetite!
I'm up here!
longleaf pine in a fire-maintained community shown at various stages of development
the thick leaves are fuzzy on the underside
Atlantic St. Johnswort
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!
flower head of the orange milkwort
grass stage of longleaf pine flanked by inkberry, Ilex glabra
this evergreen shrub, Ilex glabra, is very abundant in the Green Swamp
grassleaf Barbara's-buttons (and hidden predator)
purple pitcher plant with foxtail clubmoss, Lycopodium alepecuroides
Esther spots a yellow fringed orchid
yellow pitcher plant; trumpets
hooded pitcher plant
Venus flytrap and lichen Cladonia sp.
toothache grass in a "field" of wire grass, Aristida stricta
maybe P. brevifolia, shortleaf milkwort?
note persistent flower bracts; leaves of the main node appear to be whorled
Consulting field guides
what a sharp transition! reflective of a change in the underlying soil composition
Aletris farinosa. ?
low pinebarren milkwort
close-up of the flower head
hairy St. John's-Wort
also Hypericum crux-andreae; St. Peter's-wort
smooth meadow-beauty with crab spider
crab spiders, disguised as part of the flower, lay in wait for their prey
sweet pepperbush (it does smell sweet!)
en route to Boiling Spring Lakes along 211
w/ another hidden Green Lynx
A ditch-full of surprises
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
Venus' Flytrap everywhere!
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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