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Rob Evans
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Longleaf pine restoration - bring on the fire, but first....
Elsewhere on this blog I have discussed the importance of fire for the maintenance and recovery of longleaf pine ( Pinus palustris ) habitats. I have not discussed the numerous challenges in being able to do so, and they can be considerable. This page will ...

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Shenandoah sinkhole ponds
Virginia Sneezeweed ( Helenium virginicum ) is a federally-listed "threatened" species associated with Shenandoah Valley sinkhole ponds in Virginia. A number of years ago, the species was also confirmed in Missouri in similar habitat, creating "one of the g...

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Longleaf Pine Sandhills - fire and wiregrass
The "sandhills region" of North Carolina supports some of the most extensive stands of longleaf pine remaining in the state. The preponderance of deep sandy soils not only gives the region its name, but helps explain why so much longleaf pine remains here g...

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"A shy-blooming thing" - Helonias bullata
Helonias bullata @ flowering peak, Atlantic coastal plain April 08, 2016 Henrico Co, VA "Few of our early spring flowers are more attractive or universally sought after by those who know it, than the "Swamp Pink"" said Stewardson Brown (Bartonia, 1910). Som...

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A species that matters - Cuphea viscosissima
Blue Waxweed or Clammy Cuphea ( Cuphea viscosissima ) is infrequently encountered in North Carolina. It has been reported from the northern mountains, southern mountains, and northern Piedmont - perhaps it is overlooked and unreported at stations in between...

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The fatal flowers of Tall Thistle (Cirsium altissimum)
Tall Thistle ( Cirsium altissimum ); Durham Co, NC (9/14/15) I find Tall Thistle ( Cirsium altissimum ) to be one of our most interesting natives.  Perhaps this is because I often root for the underdog, and so many gardeners, farmers, and even "conservation...

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Mountain Bog Recovery & Expansion
Bog edge, before thinning (June 2015) Bog edge, after thinning (July 2015) The above images were taken near the perimeter of a so-called "mountain bog" in western North Carolina.  The first image shows the conditions before active restoration, the second im...

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Bluehearts
American Bluehearts ( Buchnera americana ) @ Taberville Prairie, Missouri (8-19-15) I came across a few individuals of American Bluehearts ( Buchnera americana ) during recent explorations of the tallgrass prairie. According to Bruce Sorrie and Alan Weakley...

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Tallgrass Vignettes
Standing amidst this sward of tallgrass prairie in Southern Kansas one evening (08-22-15) brought this line from Willa Cather to mind:  ".......I felt the grass was the country, as the water was the sea." Sweet Coneflowers ( Rudbeckia subtomentosa ) @ Osage...

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Golden Crest (Lophiola aurea) - Coastal Plain Endemic with strange "disjunct" distribution
Lophiola aurea , Brunswick Co, North Carolina June 3, 2015 Golden-Crest ( Lophiola aurea ) is endangered in North Carolina where it is known from only a handful of sites in the extreme southeastern coastal plain. The species is entirely absent from adjacent...
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