Tag Archive: WNC Nature Center

May 01

Bush Pea or Aaron’s Rod

Bush Pea or Aaron’s Rod [Thermopsis villosa] found at WNC Nature Center on 30 April 2016 and on Givens Estates on 1 May 2016.  It’s a member of the Pea (Fabaceae ⁄ Leguminosae) family.  Wild Flowers of North Carolina, page 99, states that it is “a close relative ot the Baptisia,” and they “grow in clearings …

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Apr 30

Golden Banded-Skipper Butterfly

This appears to be a Golden Banded-Skipper Butterfly [Autochton cellus] photographed at the Western North Carolina Nature Center, on the Trillium Trail, on 30 April 2016.  The Golden Guide to Butterflies and Moths, pages 74-75, states that it’s “generally uncommon and unusually sluggish.” Butterflies and Moths of North America: Autochton cellus

Apr 30

Cleavers or Stickywilly

Cleavers or Stickwilly [Galium aparine] found at WNC Nature Center on 30 April 2016.  It’s a member of the Madder (Rubiaceae) family. Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide, pages 152-53, describes it as “a sprawling, prickly plant of woods, thickets, and shores,” blooming in late Spring or early summer. USDA Plants Listing: Galium aparine  

Apr 30

Carolina Geranium or Carolina Cranesbill

Carolina Geranium or Carolina Cranesbill [Geranium carolinianum] found on Singletree Road on 19 May 2013 and at the Western North Carolina Nature Center on 30 April 2016, which is a member of the Geranium (Geraniaceae) family.  Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide, pages 280-281, says it can be found in rocky woods and fields. USDA Plants Listing: Geranium …

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