22 September 2017 – Hidden Bog – A New Discovery

22 September 2017 Botany Bill JournalRefuge BogsSites around refuge

Dave standing next to a patch of sphagnum moss


Dave Anderson and I spent some time this afternoon locating a previously undocumented Magnolia seepage bog that was recently discovered by the Patuxent Research Refuge supervisory wildlife biologist Sandy Spencer and biologist John Bourne on the Refuge’s North Tract.

The area was very pristine with no noticeable infestation of exotic plant species. We estimated that the bog covered an area of about 1 or 2 acres (a more accurate measurement will be done later.)

This is a fine example of the numerous seepage bogs found on the refuge.



The following species of plants were sighted:

Clethra alnifolia
Magnolia virginiana
Nyssa sylvatica
Liquidambar styraciflua
Ilex opaca
Osmundastrum cinnamomeum
Osmunda regalis
Anchistea virginica
Carex ssp.
Quercus palustris
Pinus virginiana
Smilax glauca

A more complete inventory will be done later.  (Scroll down to see more photos of the bog.)

Sweet Bay Magnoila

Sweet Bay Magnoila

Clethra alnifolia

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