A Walk in the Woods

The following native wildflower photos were taken last Sunday morning in Bent Tree.  On the last photo (Heartleaf Ginger), look towards the base of the stems for the urn shaped flower (little brown jug).

Click thumbnails to scroll through larger pictures.  The common names of the plants will show under the larger images.


August 13, 2017 - honeybee in Bent Tree

August 13, 2017 – honeybee in Bent Tree (click picture for larger image)

“Whereas, if it were not for the cross-pollination activities of honeybees for over fifty different crops, we would soon have to live on cereals and nuts”. – from the 1975 resolution that declared the honeybee as Georgia’s Official State Insect.  Click here to read the entire resolution. The pictures above and below show a honeybee on a native obedient plant in Bent Tree (with the bee headfirst into a flower in the picture below). Click here for a previous post about obedient plants.  Interestingly enough, the picture in that post has Georgia’s Official State Butterfly (eastern tiger swallowtail) on the bloom.

August 13, 2017 - Honeybee on obedient plant in Bent Tree

August 13, 2017 – Honeybee on obedient plant in Bent Tree – Click picture for larger image

Now Blooming in Bent Tree

Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis), also known as spotted touch-me-not, is a magnet for hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees.  The bushy annuals shine like jewels when covered with the morning dew, especially when the sun hits them.  The juice from the stems is said to help treat poison ivy rashes.

August 13, 2017 - Jewelweed in Bent Tree

August 13, 2017 – Morning dew on Jewelweed in Bent Tree (click photo to zoom)


Now Blooming in Bent Tree

September 16, 2012 - an old plant identification sign

September 16, 2012 – an old plant identification sign

Galax (Galax urceolata synonym Galax aphylla), also known as Coltsfoot, Wand flower, and Beetleweed.  The photo above was taken in September 2012, off the beaten path along Long Swamp Creek, near the Tamarack Drive end of the Beaver Run Trail.  Years before that, many of the native plants in Bent Tree were marked with labels, and this little sign remained.  I only found it because I spotted some trash in the underbrush and went to pick it up; the trash was next to the sign.  I went back to the spot in the spring of 2013 and sure enough, galax was blooming around the sign.  The sign, and that particular bed of galax, was swept away by the flood later in 2013.  But, there are still many locations in the community where you can find galax in bloom right now.  The photo below was taken on Monday.

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May 8, 2017 – Galax blooming in Bent Tree



Bashful Wakerobin

The photo below shows a nodding trillium blooming in Bent Tree last week. This one is known as Bashful Wakerobin (Trillium catesbaei), a.k.a. Catesby’s Trillium or Rose Trillium. Click here to see a post from 2013 for with a good picture of the same type of trillium taken that year.

April 20, 2017 - Trillium catesbaei in Bent Tree

April 20, 2017 – Trillium catesbaei in Bent Tree (click photo to zoom)

Nodding Trillium

The nodding trillium is a plant that is easy to overlook. The flower hangs down under the three leaves, so it is often inconspicuous. The following photo was taken last month in Bent Tree. If you click the photo twice, you’ll get a good macro view.

April 18, 2013 – nodding Catesby’s trillium in Bent Tree (aka Bashful Wakerobin or Rose Trillium)

The importance of the black locust tree

Early forest regeneration in southern Appalachian hardwood forests is dominated by the woody nitrogen fixing legume, black locust (Robinia pseudo-acacia).” - Boring L.R. and W.T. Swank, Department of Botany, University of Georgia, “The Role of Black Locust in Forest Succession”

Wednesday’s post (click here to read), mentioned a location in Bent Tree that was recently bush-hogged.  The location had three years of thick vegetation growth, including numerous black locust saplings, and would have been the perfect place to monitor growth in the future.  The black locust is native to our area, is important to the honey industry, has beautiful fragrant blooms (used as an ingredient in many perfumes), is valued for its lumber, and is important to wildlife.

“Seeds of the black locust are eaten by northern bobwhite quail, mourning dove, wild turkey, white-tailed deer, eastern cottontail, and squirrels. White-tailed deer also eat the leaves and twigs. Many animals use this tree for cover. Cavities in the tree are good homes for bird and other animals, especially woodpeckers. Additionally, black locust is the host-plant for a couple species of butterfly.” – University of Florida, School of Forest Resources and Conservation

Following are photos of black locust trees in Bent Tree this year (click thumbnails for larger image).  The fourth photo shows a black locust sapling that was starting to bloom.  The sapling was growing in the area that was recently bush-hogged.