Thursday, May 5, 2011

Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage Day 4

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA         Here are my notes from Day 4 and pictures can be found HERE:

In the morning we had a wilflower hike with Richard Clements, Mary Priestly, and Carol Ann McCormick on the Chestnut Top Trail (by the Townsend Y). There were a lot of people so we broke up into 3 groups and we were in Richard’s group. Here are the flora and fauna that we saw:

1. Maidenhair fern

2. Sweet Cicely

3. Crossvine

4. Spice bush (make tea out of the stems)

5. Solomon’s Plume

6. Solomon’s Seal (the root part looks like a seal of Solomon)

7. Bloodroot

8. Dutchman’s Pipe

9. Seersucker sedge

10. Miterwort

11. Stonecrop

12. Heuchera

13. Purple Phacelia

14. Golden Alexander

15. Hepatica

16. Beardtongue

17. Shaggybark hickory

18. Wild yam

19. Fragile Fern

20. Milkweed

21. Firepink (base of flower is sticky to catch flies so it is also called Catch Fly)

22. Summer bluet

23. Devil’s Walking Stick (has lots of thorns)

24. Rattlesnake weed

25. Cranefly Orchid

26. Galax

27. Little Brown Jug Ginger

28. Sassafras

29. Dwarf Iris

30. Maple Leaf Virburnum

31. Doghobble

32. Squaw root (some people call this bear root)

33. Black throated Green warbler

34. Ebony Spleenwort

35. Marginal wood fern

36. Yellow mandarin

37. Yellow wood

38. Evergreen wood fern

After lunch we did another wildflower hike on the Kanati Fork Trail with Mike Dennis and Leon Bates. The flowers we saw were:

1. Canada Mayflower

2. Solomon Seal

3. Indian Cucumber

4. NY Fern

5. Partridge berry

6. Snail (which is a hermaphrodite)

7. Sweet white violet

8. Witch hazel (curled leaves with a caterpillar in it)

9. Clinton lily (also called Speckled wood lily)

10. Striped Maple

11. Doghobble

12. Grapevine

13. Virginia Creeper

14. Foamflower

15. Rattlesnake plantain

16. Wide eyed vireo

17. Buffalo nut shrub

18. Wild yam

19. Wild hydrangea

20. Carex

21. Vasey’s trillium

22. Trillium grandiflorum

23. Rattlesnake fern

24. Trout lettuce (saxifrage)

25. Purple Meadow Parsnip

26. Toothwort

27. Christmas fern

28. Sassafras

29. Wood Bettony

30. Meadow rue

31. Showy Orchid

32. Umbrella Leaf

Over the past four days, I noticed it was easier and easier to identify some of the flowers. The repetition really helped and seeing the flowers sometimes in different stages and in different places helped me to generalize the knowledge that I had learned.

I think this was a worthwhile event to attend and if anyone is able to go next year, I would highly recommend it. The cost wasn’t too bad ($75 for the week plus hotel, which was $49 per night for us). I learned a lot and met lots of wonderful people!

Posted on the Successful Teaching Blog by loonyhiker (successfulteaching at gmail dot com).

Original photo by Pat Hensley


Sioux said...

I've enjoyed--vicariously--these hikes. The tidbits about the plants is fascinating...Stunning fish with black walnut shells? Amazing!

loonyhiker said...

@Sioux I thought they were awesome hikes and I love going with people who know what I'm flowers I'm looking at and what animals I'm seeing and hearing! The fish thing was interesting!