On the trail, in August, wild flowers and blue skies dominate. I photographed many of the wild flowers, and hope to provide some identifications to the images. Here’s one:Erythronium montanum from a visit to Mt. Hood in 2012.
Whenever introducing land plants to students, I emphasize Spanish moss (Tillandsia usneoides) as neither Spanish—it looks like a bearded conquistador—nor moss—it’s an angiosperm or flowering plant. Here’s the proof: wind-dispersed seeds protected by a recently split, dried pod. Mosses lack flowers, fruits, and seeds.
Also evident are the flaky trichomes, which help the plant to soak up moisture and nutrients from the atmosphere. It’s not parasitic like mistletoe nor do the live, hanging bunches contain chiggers.
Yaupon holly (Ilex vomitoria) dots the understory of the maritime forests at Skidaway Island State Park.
Tree fern from the Wilson Botanical Garden.
I’ve made many tree fern posts because they are bizarre (at least as someone who grew up in the
I think this is Hairy Beggarticks, or at least some kind of Bidens sp., that quickly grows and towers over much of my yard in Savannah. The stem becomes woody, the achenes are a nightmare on clothing, and it’s already flowering in February.