Now that I've had a freshly brewed cup of covfefe, I can get down to business with posting some images from a recent trip to North Carolina. This presented a great opportunity to see and photograph some beautiful CPs and their habitats, because as we all know, in N.C. their BBQ is weird, but their plants are weirder.
The first site was a small state park to search for venus flytraps (spoiler; we didn't find any) that presented a great opportunity to take a look at some of the unique habitats and botanical oddities that are found in this region. I'll post some pictures of other non-carnivorous plants in this post later, but to start, here are some CP's:
The park, despite having a trail named after them, did not have any venus' flytraps visible from the path, but it did have this lovely S. flava: Sarracenia flava in habitat by Gabriel Levac, on Flickr * The trees in the background are notable, being the abundant longleaf pine (Pinus palustris), a dominant species in many of the habitats where carnivorous plants grow down there. This site was a pocosin, which is a type of boggy wetland.
D. intermedia was less abundant, but still relatively common: Drosera intermedia by Gabriel Levac, on Flickr * Unfortunately I wasn't able to make it out to any D. brevifolia or D. filliformis sites on this trip - gotta leave something good for next time!
Obligatory snake - This Copperhead (Agkistrodon contortrix, likely a northern/southern intergrade) was found basking in a hardwood forest down the trail. These are a beautiful & mildly toxic species of pit viper that's found throughout the Eastern U.S. Agkistrodon contortrix - Copperhead by Gabriel Levac, on Flickr
Ask not what sundew can dew for you but what you can dew for sundew.
This first site was overgrown due to a lack of controlled burning. Competition from more vigorous plants species is a major threat to flytraps and Sarracenia growing in habitats that aren't periodically lit on fire to control growth. This habitat was likely a former longleaf pine savannah, and would still be if regular burning had occurred. Luckily controlled burning is a well accepted method of land management in the South East, so many sites are still maintained in a state similar to how they would've appeared prior to the rise of wildfire suppression: Sarracenia flava w/ P. palustris by Gabriel Levac, on Flickr
To tie up the trip, a short jaunt north to see a few more flytrap sites:
A few Eastern Mud Turtles (Kinosternon subrubrum) were found crossing back roads. These are interesting little semiaquatic turtles that have a fondness for shallow wetlands: Kinosternon subrubrum - Mud Turtle by Gabriel Levac, on Flickr
The first VFT site had an astounding number of plants (~100-200) that were hidden in deep wiregrass: Dionaea muscipula - Venus Flytrap by Gabriel Levac, on Flickr * This image shows why visiting in flowering season is beneficial. Imagine trying to spot plants in that grass!
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