Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage 2014 Day 2

DSC_0100Last week we attended the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage 2014. Here are my notes from Day 2.

I decided that instead of writing a list of all the plants we saw, I would put them in a spreadsheet and then write the location and notes beside them. This would help me see the big picture instead just a list of a plants and things. You can download the spreadsheet HERE.

Here is the link to Day 2 Pictures HERE.

On Day 2 (4/17/14), we started the day out at Noah “Bud” Ogle’s Place. We had four leaders: Jim Pringle from Canada, Ed Bostick from Georgia, Emily Gillespie from Asheville, and Pum Gribbs from Thailand. We ended up splitting up in groups and we ended up with Ed.

In the afternoon we went on the West Prong Trail with leaders: Jeremy Lloyd from Tremont and Chris Fleming from Nashville (along with his wife Sunny). We ended up splitting into two groups and we were with Chris who had a plethora of knowledge about what we were looking at!

Things I learned:
1. Dogwood flower is not a flower. The flower is the cluster in the middle.
2. People used to pickle toothwort and use it as a condiment.
3. Hellebore looks like Lady Slipper or ramps and is very poisonous.
4. Yellow trillium smells lemony.
5. Buffalo nut is poisonous. Parasite at the base of oak trees.
6. Tulip poplar wood was used to make houses. Wood would swell in water.
7. Jack in the pulpit can change sexes.
8. Sicklepod is in the mustard family.
9. Brook lettuce is very edible.
10. Monarch butterflies lay eggs in spice bush.
11. Spruce and Fir trees supported each other.
12. Song of the cardinal – “whatcheer”
13. Partridge berry has 2 dimples where the two flowers fused. Looks like a doll face. Leaves in tea were used by women in childbirth.
14. Birch has horizontal lines.
15. Trout lily takes seven years to bloom.
16. Bishop’s cap is usually near foamflower.
17. All mustards have 4 petals in the shape of a cross.
18. Giant chickweed – sepals only go halfway up. Tennessee Chickweed – sepals are as long as the petals.

Original Photo by Pat Hensley

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