Author Archives: Botany Bill

27 July 2015 – Milkweeds of Patuxent – Part 1 – Common Milkweed

Milkweeds (Asclepias spp.) are important to the Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus) because its larva feeds exclusively on it. The recent decline of the Monarch butterfly population has sparked an interest saving it by planting milkweed. The Friends of Patuxent is … Continue reading

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25 July 2015 – Japanese Stilt Grass

Photo above: Close-up of inflorescence – 18 September 2010. Japanese stilt grass (Microstegium vimineum (Trin.) A. Camus) is a common invasive plant from Asia that has spread to 26 states. Infestations of it can alter native plant communities, change and … Continue reading

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ABOVE PHOTO: A view of Schafer Lake with water lilies (Click on the thumbnails below for full views.) The objective today was to find the Sundew that had been reported as occurring on the Schafer Farm section of the Refuge’s … Continue reading

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2 July 2015 – Mushroom Cornucopia!!!

(Photo above – the twelve different types of mushrooms collected today) Click on the thumbnails below for full views.) After all the rain we have received this past several days, the mushrooms on the Refuge were popping up all over, … Continue reading

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27 June 2015 – Eastern Mud Turtle

Rain was the theme of the day at the Refuge today. I drove around a bit to see what was going on, and came across another turtle trying to cross the road. This time it was a male Eastern Mud … Continue reading

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26 June 2015 – Welchs Bog

(Click on the thumbnails below for full views.) Spent about 3.5 hours on the refuge today. My main task was to locate the boggy area just north of the “Savanna” off of Sweet Gum Lane. I did not know what … Continue reading

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26 June 2015 – Plants are Wildlife Too

We are in print – The Friends of Patuxent Newsletter, Summer 2015, Page 3. Check it out. (Click on picture for full view.)

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26 June 2015 – Indian Cucumber – Medeola virginiana

Today, I spotted some Indian cucumber (Medeola virginiana L.) at Chestnut Oak Bog growing on a sphagnum moss hummock. One of the plants (pictured here) was blooming and was setting seed. This interesting looking member of the family Liliaceae is … Continue reading

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26 June 2015 – Chestnut Oak – Mountain Laurel Forest

Today when foraying around the Chestnut Oak Bog AKA Welchs Bog I checked out the Chestnut Oak – Mountain Laurel Forest (CEGL006299) plant community that surrounds a good part of the bog. This plant community is found in the Mid-Atlantic … Continue reading

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24 June 2015 – Hyssop Loosestrife – New refuge record

  This little weedy plant keys out to Lythrum hyssopifolia L. (Hyssop Loosestrife). It was found on the South Tract on Telegraph Road near the old Beltsville Airport in a wet area next to the road. The Hyssop Loosestrife is … Continue reading

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23 June 2015 – Allegheny Mound Ant

  The Allegheny mound ant (Formica exsectoides Forel) is a field ant that found on the refuge. It ranges along the Atlantic Coast of North America from Nova Scotia to Georgia. Although they are not highly regarded by some people, … Continue reading

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23 June 2015 – Eastern Box Turtle in Distress

This male Eastern box turtle (Terrapene carolina (L.) Bell ssp. carolina) was trying to get across the hot pavement, but he was running around in circles. It was hard taking these pictures, it was like he didn’t know which way … Continue reading

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20 June 2015 – Duvall Bridge

(Photo above: new planking on the bridge)     A bridge has existed at this location since the early 1800’s. The current structure was built in 1907 and was closed to traffic in 2009 due to its deteriorating condition. Renovation … Continue reading

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20 June 2015 – Milkweed Meadow

  This meadow on the Central Tract is located along Beech Forest Drive near where the powerlines cross MD 197 and as far as I can determine is the largest field of Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca L.) on the refuge. … Continue reading

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20 June 2015 – Worm Plots

The worm plots are historically significant because of the role they played in DDT research. In the 1960’s, researchers at the USGS’s Patuxent Wildlife Research Center conducted research on the effect that certain pesticides had on raptors. Rachel Carson in … Continue reading

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20 June 2015 – Whooping Crane Observatory

(Above photo: Two whooping Cranes at Patuxent Research Refuge.) The Patuxent Research Refuge is home to the USGS’s (United States Geological Survey’s) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. One of the on-going projects conducted by the USGS there is the Whooping Crane … Continue reading

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20 June 2015 – Mallard Pond

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20 June 2015 – Snowden Pond

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20 June 2015 – Knowles Marsh 3

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20 June 2015 – Knowles Marsh 2

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