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Common Water-starwort (Callitriche heterophylla) at the Mitchell Mill S.N.A.

Contrary to most of the aquatic weeds at the Mitchell Mill State Natural Area, Common Water-starwort, Callitriche heterophylla, is a native plant and is not considered invasive.  It is a small and relatively fragile plant that inhabits the quiet pools … Continue reading

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Portulaca amilis (Paraguayan Purslane) : A Tropical Immigrant to North Carolina

Portulacas in the Southeast are annuals that have succulent leaves and stems.  They are often prostrate and branched, and have small, bright flowers with a very short blooming period.  The majority of Portulacas are tropical or subtropical in distribution.  There are only seven species in … Continue reading

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An Early July Glimpse of the Mitchell Mill State Natural Area

At the Mitchell Mill State Natural Area, heavy summer thunderstorms in early July have caused the Little River to overrun its banks, creating rivulets which coalesce to completely cover much of the surface of the granite flat rock with shallow, … 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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Portulaca smallii (Small’s Purslane) at the Mitchell Mill State Natural Area

Portulaca smallii (Small’s Purslane) is a rare, protected plant, endemic to the thin soils of granite flatrocks and outcrops in the Piedmont regions of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina (a single site) and Georgia.  The Mitchell Mill State Natural Area contains … Continue reading

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