Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Splinter Hill Bog, part I

This past weekend I went on a field trip to Splinter Hill Bog, near Perdido, Alabama, with friends and colleagues to find carnivorous plants. There are many great places to find plant carnivores in the Florida Panhandle and boggy areas to its west, but Splinter Hill boasts a diversity that few others can match: 5 species of Sarracenia (pitcher plants), 3 Drosera (sundews), 1 Utricularia (bladderwort), and 2 Pinguicula (butterworts). We managed to see a fair number of these including most of the pitcher plants and sundews, and Utricularia. Photos of those will follow in subsequent posts; here are some shots of the bog and assorted other flowering plants we encountered.
Flowers of Sarracenia leucophylla, the white-topped pitcher plant
The group, hunting pitcher plants
Pinus palustris, longleaf pine
Hellenium sp.
Polygala lutea, orange milkwort
Vaccinium corymbosum, highbush blueberry
Linaria sp.
Lycopodium alopecuroides
Pinus palustris, longleaf pine, after a burn

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