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The Developmental Stages of the Smooth Coneflower – Echinacea laevigata

Echinacea laevigata – the Smooth Coneflower – is among the rarest plants in North America.  It is not mentioned in the B. W. Wells classic The Natural Gardens of North Carolina.  More significantly, the historic habitat of the Smooth Coneflower … Continue reading

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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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The Green Adder’s Mouth Orchid (Malaxis unifolia) – Blooming Now in Central North Carolina

Malaxis unifolia, the Green Adder’s Mouth Orchid, is among the smallest of our native orchids, averaging about 4 to 10 inches in height.  Its small size, tiny green flowers and  single leaf make it difficult to see against the typical … Continue reading

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