September 14th, 2012. We took off up to Stephens County and explored two separate areas: the LakeRussell Wildlife Management Area and Currahee Mountain.
Lake Russell WMA
The road ran through relatively dry habitat where we found a surprising number of wildfowers in bloom.
A Desmodium sp. – possibly Desmodium perplexum (Perplexed Tick Trefoil) based on the spicules on the leaf petioles.
The leaves. The spicules are visible on the petiole just below the leaf on the right.
Lobelia puberula (Downy Lobelia)
Pityopsis graminifolia (Narrowleaf Silkgrass) is differentiated easily from Pityopsis aspera (Pineland or Carolina Silkgrass) by the grass-like leaves at the base of the plant.
The plant with the grass-like leaves at the base
Helianthus sp. My best guess is that this is Helianthus atrorubens (Purple-disc Sunflower, Hairy Wood Sunflower, Appalachian Sunflower) but it’s only a guess. I’d love to know if this is a helianthus.
Agalinis purpurea (Purple False Foxglove or Purple Gerardia)
Chrysopsis mariana (Maryland Goldenaster)
Helianthus sp. – possibly Helianthus giganteus (Giant Sunflower) – although the leaves don’t seem right for this species. These were very tall plants.
Elephantopus tomentosus (Hairy elephantfoot or Devil’s Grandmother)
We were delighted to have found quite a variety or wildflowers along this very dry, dusty road.
Next, Currahee Mountain.
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Duke University, J. Pippen: Desmodium perplexum (Perplexed Tick Trefoil)
Name that Plant: Native and Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas and Georgia:
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