Wildflowers in Pretty Hollow Gap, Cataloochee Valley

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James Parton
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Wildflowers in Pretty Hollow Gap, Cataloochee Valley

Post by James Parton » Fri Apr 23, 2010 10:29 pm


While visiting Pretty Hollow Gap in Cataloochee Valley with Will Blozan last Sunday. I noted numerous herbaceous plants and wildflowers on the forest floor. Many were unfamiliar to me. Will identified ones like Squirrel Corn and Windflower to me and then they were some I knew like Mayapple and Rattlesnake Plantain. Another notible one I found down by the creek is Branch Lettuce. It is one I used to eat as greens as a child. Wild Violets are common too as is Wintergreen. The Great Smokies could occupy one for a lifetime of study with the smaller plants growing on the forest floor.

http://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/woo ... yapple.htm

http://www.ct-botanical-society.org/gal ... acana.html



However, they were several I could not identify. Check out the " Need Id " ones here and see if you can name them?
Need id 1.JPG
Need id 2.JPG
Need id 3.JPG
Need id 4.JPG
Here are some I have already identified.
Rattlesnake Plantain.JPG
Squirrel Corn.JPG
The diversity of plants in the forest understory of GSMNP is incredible.

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Steve Galehouse
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Re: Wildflowers in Pretty Hollow Gap, Cataloochee Valley

Post by Steve Galehouse » Fri Apr 23, 2010 11:25 pm


The first pic looks like rue-anemone, Thalictrum, the second i don't know, the third and fourth Maianthemum, false lily-of-the-valley.

every plant is native somewhere

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Jess Riddle
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Re: Wildflowers in Pretty Hollow Gap, Cataloochee Valley

Post by Jess Riddle » Fri Apr 23, 2010 11:28 pm


You have a meadow-rue (Thalictrum), and elderberry (either Sambucus candensis or S. racemosa), Canada mayflower (Maianthemum canadense), and either speckled wood lily or blue bead lily (Clintonia umbellulata or C. borealis). The photographs are definitely the best aid to identification, but other information, like elevation or whether the habitat was relatively dry or moist, can be very helpful also.


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