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Fall Leaf Patterns: Swamp Chestnut Oak, Shumard Oak, and Scarlet Oak

Fall is a delightful and convenient time to study tree leaves.  What was once 80 feet overhead and practically invisible, is now directly underfoot and at hand.  The Neuse River Trail, running beside the Neuse River south of the Falls Lake … Continue reading

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The Southern Grape Fern (Sceptridium biternatum) in North Carolina

Southern Grape Ferns (Sceptridium biternatum) are common in moist forests throughout the Piedmont of North Carolina.  They are small ferns, usually 3 to 6 inches across, and have a fleshy, succulent texture.  They are members of the Adder’s Tongue family (the … Continue reading

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North Carolina’s Yellow Giant Hyssop – Agastache nepetoides

Yellow Giant Hyssop (Agastache nepetoides) is a rare plant in North Carolina, found almost entirely in the Central Piedmont and confined to only a few counties.  North Carolina is on the perimeter of its natural range, which is primarily the Midwest and … Continue reading

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Infested Southern Hackberries (Celtis laevigata) in a Suburban Park

The Southern Hackberry (Celtis laevigata) is a common tree in the Piedmont of North Carolina, often occurring along rivers and streams, and in suburban parks.  In one large park near Falls Lake, and in the surrounding forests nearby, many Southern Hackberries are … Continue reading

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The Neuse River Trail Heliotrope – Heliotropium indicum

Indian Heliotrope, Heliotropium indicum, is an introduced annual, probably from Tropical America.  It is uncommon in North Carolina, being absent from the Western Piedmont and the Mountains.  It is seen occasionally in small, isolated populations along the Neuse River Trail.  Unlike the garden Heliotrope (H. arborescens), which is … Continue reading

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The Troublesome and Often Dangerous Hairy Nightshade, Solanum sarrachoides

The Hairy Nightshade (Solanum sarrachoides ) is an introduced species from South America which is uncommon to rare in North Carolina.  It is listed as occurring in only five North Carolina counties.  With this plant, scarcity is a good thing.  … Continue reading

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Flatrock Pimpernel – Lindernia monticola – in North Carolina

Lindernia monticola, Flatrock Pimpernel, is a small native perennial primarily associated with granitic flatrock and outcrop plant communities in North Carolina.  It is listed by the Natural Heritage Program as a Watchlist 1 plant with a rank of S2 – (Imperiled).  Watchlist 1 plants are … Continue reading

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