Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge: October Wildflowers (Part 2)

Continued from...
October 8th. It was time make a seasonal trip to the Piedmont Wildlife Refuge again to check on some plants. We continued south on Starrs Road in the Oconee National Forest into the Piedmont NWR and then north to Pond 2A.

A few Centrosema virginianum (Butterflypea) flowers hid among the other wildflowers. Not many around now.

I’m not sure what this is and would love it if someone can tell me with this one. My best guess is Stachys floridana (Florida Betony) but I don’t know…

Chrysopsis mariana (Maryland Goldenaster) flowers are the dominant small daisies in this area compared with Heterotheca subaxillaris (Camphorweed) which is dominant in Walton County at the moment.

Lobelia puberula (Downy Lobelia) flowers. We saw these in a couple of places

Lespedeza virginica (Slender Lespedeza) is nearing the end of its flowering season but there are still some nice blooms to be seen.

Oxalis rubra (Purple Woodsorrell) is my favourite sorrel. We saw these, and the following blooms along the road north to Pond 2A.

Chamaecrista fasciculata (Partridge Pea). These are mostly done for the season now.

Conoclinium coelestinum (Blue mistflower). This was a treat; just one plant - and in bloom. W found it while I was chasing another Eastern Lubber Grasshopper (Romalea microptera)

I’m not familiar with Agalinis sp. but I think this is Agalinis purpurea (Purple Gerardia) and would welcome any correction on this ID. We saw a lot of these in the woods in the Piedmont NWR and in the Oconee WMA near the south of Lake Oconee.

To be continued in Part 3

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Identification resources:

- Southeastern Flora

- Natural and Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas and Georgia

Related posts:

- Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge: October Wildflowers (Part 1)

- Zen: First Autumn Color

- 2010: Year Of The Wildflower – Wildflower Index

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