26 June 2015 – Welchs Bog

(Photo above: Close-up of an Indian Cucumber (Medeola virginiana) flower found in this bog.)

(Click on the thumbnails below for full views.)


General view of Bog

General view of Bog

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 to expect, and was pleasantly surprised. The topography of this bog is steeper than most of the bogs on the refuge, and as a result, the water was flowing rapidly.

Closer view of vegetation

Closer view of vegetation

 

The bog is a variant of the Red Maple Acidic Seepage Swamp (CEGL006238) plant community. The striking thing about the bog at this location Chestnut Oak plant community which surrounds it. The bog is named Chestnut Oak Bog because of this.

Chestnut Oak leaves

Chestnut Oak leaves

 

 

Some of the plant species seen in this bog include Sweet Bay Magnolia, Black Gum, Cinnamon Fern, Royal Fern, American Holly, Paw Paw, Skunk Cabbage, Netted Chain Fern, New York Fern, Carex folliculata, Vaccinium sp., and Indian Cucumber.

Sweet Bay Magnolia

Sweet Bay Magnolia

 

 

 

 

The bog continued on down the hill for some distance. However, I did not have time to investigate further. Future forays to this bog will be undertaken.

Cinnamon Fern

Cinnamon Fern

Royal Fern

Royal Fern

American Holly

American Holly

Paw Paw

Paw Paw

Skunk Cabbage

Skunk Cabbage

Netted Chain Fern

Netted Chain Fern

Indian Cucumber

Indian Cucumber

New York Fern

New York Fern

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