Category: Things

Showy Orchis

Showy Orchis [Galearis spectabilis] photos were taken on the Appalachian Trail (AT), between US 19E and Doll Flats, near Roan Mountain, Tennessee, on 14 May 2016 and near Gerton on 29 April 2018. It’s the member of the Orchid (Orchidaceae) family.  Timothy P. Spira’s Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains & Piedmont, …

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Star Chickweed

These Star Chickweed [Stellaria pubera], a member of the Pink (Caryophyllaceae) family, were found in Gerton, North Carolina on 4 May 2013 and on 14 April 2018.  Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide, pages 274-275, states it’s found in woods and on rocky slopes.  It’s listed in the flowers with 5 regular parts section, but the petals are …

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Cut-leaved Toothwort or Pepperroot

Cut-Leaved Toothwort [Cardamine concatenata] found off a new path at Fletcher Park on 5 April 2014, on Bearwallow Mountain on 23 April 2016, and in Gerton, NC on 14 April 2018.  It’s a member of the Mustard (Brassicaceae) family. Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide, pages 162-63, states it blooms in spring in rich woods.  Another synonym for …

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Two-lined Spittlebug

Two-lined Spittlebug [Prosapia bicinta] photos were taken in Flat Rock, North Carolina on 4 August 2017, found on a side window of my vehicle. The NWF Field Guide to Insects and Spiders of North America, page 136, says “adults jump when they are disturbed; they also release a yellow fluid from the feet, which might …

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American Bellflower or Tall Bellflower

American Bellflower or Tall Bellflower [Campanulastrum americanum] found near mile marker 437 on the Blue Ridge Parkway on 25 July 2013 and 23 July 2017. It’s a member of the Shinleaf (Pyrolaceae) family. Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide, pages 216-217, says it blooms in summer and fall in moist thickets.  The guide lists it’s scientific name as …

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Hummingbird Moth

Hummingbird Moth [Hemaris thysbe] photos were taken near Fletcher Park on 2 July 2017. The NWF Field Guide to Insects and Spiders of North America, page 333 says “on spring and summer days, these moths hover over flowers in open habitats…”  

Common Mullein

Common Mullein [Verbascum thapsus] found near the Silver Leaf Diner, off US Route 11 in DeKalb Junction, New York on 21 June 2013 and at Biltmore Estate on 24 June 2017. It’s a member of the Figwort (Scrophulariaceae) family, with it’s distinctive woolly leaves. Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide, pages 188-189, says that it blooms in summer …

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Boxelder Bug

Boxelder Bugs [Boisea trivittata] were found at Carrier Park on Amboy Road in Asheville, North Carolina on 17 June 2017. The NWF Field Guide to Insects and Spiders of North America, page 128 says “adults and larvae take sap from seeds, flowers, and leaves, but cause little damage.”

Pale Corydalis or Rock Harlequin

Pale Corydalis or Rock Harlequin [Corydalis sempervirens] photos were taken on the North Carolina Bartram Trail, near Whiterock Mountain, on 27 May 2017 and Carl Sandburg Home on 28 May 2017.  It’s a member of the Fumitory (Fumariaceae) family. Allan Armitage’s Herbaceous Perennial Plants, (1989) page 156, states that it’s “flowers are pale pink to purple …

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Bowman’s Root or Indian Physic

Bowman’s Root or Indian Physic [Gillenia trifoliata] photos were taken on the North Carolina Bartram Trail on 27 May 2017.  It’s a member of the Rose (Rosaceae) family.   Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide, pages 232-233, states that it grows in woods in Late Spring and Summer.  It is also called “Fawn’s Breath.” USDA Plants Listing: Gillenia trifoliata