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Early Whitlow Grass – Draba verna – and Another Dimension to Plant Blindness

Draba verna, Early Whitlow Grass, is not a grass at all, but an herbaceous winter annual, a member of the large mustard family, the Brassicaceae.  The Whitlow part of its common name came from its purported medicinal qualities for healing … Continue reading

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Early May: Diamorpha smallii Blooms and Portulaca smallii Appears

Diamorpha smallii Large communities of Diamorpha smallii (Elf Orpine) are now blooming at the Mitchell Mill S.N.A. and other granitic flatrock and outcrop communities in the Central Piedmont of North Carolina.   Pictured below are the typical red stems and white … Continue reading

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Mid-April Highlights at the Mitchell Mill State Natural Area

Mid-April is an excellent time of year to visit the granitic flat rocks at the Mitchell Mill State Natural Area.  The Appalachian Stitchworts (Minuartia glabra) are in full bloom and completely cover some areas along the margins of the rock. The … Continue reading

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Low Spearwort – Ranunculus pusillus – at the Mitchell Mill State Natural Area

Low Spearwort (Ranunculus pusillus) is a common inhabitant of wet and marshy lowlands and ditches in North Carolina, especially in the Central Piedmont and Coastal Plain.  It is a native plant, and a member of the large Buttercup family, the … Continue reading

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Diamorpha smallii (Elf Orpine) and Early Succession

Three years ago, the worst incident of vandalism in recent memory occurred at the Mitchell Mill State Natural Area.  Thieves made away with huge blocks of moss and plants, including the subsoil and sand.  It is speculated that a truck … Continue reading

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Late Fall Germination of Diamorpha smallii (Elf Orpine)

It is early on a bright, sunny morning in late November on the granitic flatrocks of the Mitchell Mill State Natural Area. Following a hard overnight freeze, sheets of ice cover the depression pools formed on the surface of the … Continue reading

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Early Spring Update – Mitchell Mill

The early spring Sandworts are starting to bloom at the Mitchell Mill State Natural Area. They are most likely Minuartia glabra (or Minuartia groenlandica var glabra). If so, their common name is Appalachian Stitchwort. The following photos show their opposite, … Continue reading

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