Category Archives: Plant Profile

23 May 2015 – Staggerbush – Lyonia mariana

(Photo above: close up of inflorescence.)     This morning I visited the North Tract’s Pitch Pine Barrens area and found a fairly good-sized patch of Staggerbush in full bloom. The showy flowers really stand out. The scientific of this … Continue reading

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16 May 2015 – Cut-leaf Evening Primrose – Oenothera laciniata

The Cut-leaf Evening Primrose is in its prime on the refuge. It is native to most of North America, except for the far western regions. Its scientific name is Oenothera laciniata Hill.     In some southern states it is … Continue reading

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16 May 2015 – Northern Dewberry – Rubus flagellaris

The northern dewberry (also known as the common dewberry) is in full bloom on the refuge right now. Its accepted scientific name is Rubus flagellaris Willd. It is native to eastern North America from the Atlantic Coast on the east … Continue reading

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15 May 2015 – One-flowered Cancer root – Orobanche uniflora

Earlier this week, on the Maryland Biodiversity Project pages I saw a couple of photos of One-flowered Cancer root (Orobanche uniflora L.) on the North Tract taken by Richard Orr. Wow, since I have not seen Cancer root on the … Continue reading

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11 May 2015 – Deerberry – Vaccinium stamineum

This afternoon, I went looking for bogs that I had not found yet.  On the edge of one of the bogs were some Deerberry (Vaccinium stamineum) bushes.  They were putting on a showy display so I decided to photograph them. … Continue reading

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25 April 2015 – Primrose-leaved Violet – Viola primulifolia L.

(Photo above: a picture of a plant with the rhizomes clearly visible.)   Today I had the privilege of taking Bill Hubick and Michael Ostrowski on an abbreviated tour of the North. Along the way, we found this cute little … Continue reading

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23 April 2015 – Blue Marsh Violet

Today, I drove down Telegraph Road stopped by a swamp about a 1/2 mile south of Wildlife Loop. The swamp is called a Southern New England/Northern Piedmont Red Maple Seepage Swamp (USNVC: CEGL006406). In the swamp, I found a bunch … Continue reading

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21 April 2015 – Vaccinium corymbosum?

I keyed this out to Vaccinium corymbosum. It is in full bloom right now at the bog site. I did not collect a sample, just the pictures. Can someone confirm this? I would like a second (or more) opinion

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17 April 2015 – Cinnamon Fern Fiddleheads

  Today while slogging around in the magnolia bog I came upon some Cinnamon Fern (Osmundastrum cinnamomeum (L.) C. Presl.) fiddleheads. They look ghostly to me because they are mostly white with a little bit of green and brown mixed … Continue reading

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26 July 2014 – Shaggy Hedgehyssop

Gratiola pilosa Michx. shaggy hedgehyssop  

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16 March 2014 – Quirky Hybrid Oaks of Patuxent

Did you know that the Patuxent Research Refuge is the home to several types of hybrid oaks? Read on to learn more. The oak-rich Patuxent Research Refuge has 15 native oak species, one naturalized exotic oak species, and at least … Continue reading

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5 April 2013 – Carey’s Balsamroot – Balsamorhiza careyana

Carey’s Balsamroot (Balsamorhiza careyana A. Gray) is found on east of the Cascade Mountains in Washington and Oregon. This member of the Aster Family (Asteraceae) is not as widespread as the Arrowleaf Balsamroot, but is common in its more limited … Continue reading

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5 April 2013 – Big Sagebrush – Artemisia tridentata

Big Sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata Nutt.) is an aromatic evergreen shrub from the Aster Family (Asteraceae). It is native to Intermountain West of North America, thriving in arid and semi-arid habitats ranging from cold deserts to dry mountain slopes. It is … Continue reading

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5 April 2013 – Western Tansymustard – Descurainia pinnata

Descurainia pinnata (Walter) Britton is a member of the Mustard Family (Brassicaceae) known as the Western Tansymustard. It is an annual native to North America and is found in every USA state except Alaska, Hawaii, and Alabama as well as … Continue reading

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5 April 2013 – Low Pussytoes – Antennaria dimorpha

The Low Pussytoes (Antennaria dimorpha (Nutt.) Torr. & A. Gray) is a mat-forming low growing perennial  member of the Aster family (Asteraceae) which prefers drier habitats like sagebrush desert and bunchgrass communities. It is native to western North America from … Continue reading

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5 April 2013 – Wingnut Cryptantha – Cryptantha pterocarya

The Wingnut Cryptantha (Cryptantha pterocarya (Torr.) Greene) is a diminutive spring blooming annual of the Forget-me-not Family (Boraginaceae) that is commonly found in uplands and sagebrush deserts in the west from Washington State to Texas, California, and Northern New Mexico. … Continue reading

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5 April 2013 – Showy Phlox – Phlox speciosa

The Showy Phlox (Phlox speciosa Pursh) is found in Western North America from British Columbia to Northern Mexico. It is absent from Utah, Colorado, and Wyoming. In Washington State, it is found east of the Cascades in sagebrush, short bunchgrass, … Continue reading

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2 and 5 April 2013 – Wooly-pod Milkvetch – Astragalus purshii

The Wooly-pod Milkvetch (Astragalus purshii Dougl. ex Hook.) is a variable species of the Legume Family (Fabaceae) that ranges throughout much of Western North America with several recognized varieties. Three of the varieties are native to Washington State. Here we … Continue reading

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4 April 2013 – Inflated Grass Widow, another Harbinger of Spring – Olsynium douglasii

Like the Sagebrush Buttercup, the Inflated Grass Widow (Olsynium douglasii (A. Dietr.) E.P. Bicknell var. inflatum (Suksd.) Cholewa & Douglass M. Hend.) is a harbinger of spring for nature lovers in Spokane. They were in full bloom in the Dishman Hills … Continue reading

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4 April 2013 – Sagebrush Buttercup, Harbinger of Spring – Ranunculus glaberrimus

The Sagebrush Buttercup (Ranunculus glaberrimus Hook.) is a small buttercup that is found in the interior western North America. It ranges from Central British Columbia and Saskatchewan on the north and northern New Mexico and southwestern California on the south.  … Continue reading

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