Friday, October 28, 2011

Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge: October Wildflowers (Part 3)

Continued from here
October 8th. It was time make a seasonal trip to the Piedmont Wildlife Refuge again to check on some plants. We found these wildflowers by the road north to Pond 2A

Nothoscordum bivalve (False garlic) plants were blooming near Pond 1A.

A Liatris sp. I’ve come to the conclusion that this is probably Liatris aspera (Roughleaf or Tall Blazing Star). Again, any corrections are welcome

Andropogon virginicus (Broomsedge) plants are just starting to produce seed.

Cornus florida (Flowering Dogwood) berries are starting to turn red.

Verbena rigida (Tuberous Vervain) flowers are still holding on but it won’t be long before they’re finished for the season.

Helianthus angustifolius (Narrow-leaf Sunflower). We saw just a couple of plants near Pond 2A.

Erianthus alopecuroides (Silver Plume Grass) is a favourite at this time of year. These seed heads are not ripe yet.

Just a silhouette of Adropogon glomeratus (Bushy Bluestem). This species is easy to identify by its bushy heads.

What is this? Helianthus sp. (Sunflower)? It was almost dark when we found this.

After the long, dry summer, it was great to see such a variety of wildflowers.
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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 2)

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

- Zen: First Autumn Color

- 2010: Year Of The Wildflower – Wildflower Index

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