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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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Selaginella (Rock Spikemoss) at Zeagle’s Rock

Colonies of Rock Spikemoss – Selaginella rupestris – have lived on the top of Zeagle’s Rock for many years.  Over the past decade of consistent drought, the colonies have declined in abundance and vigor.  However, with the return of frequent … 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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