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Paul Sherman

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Smokey  Mountain  Flora

Originally from NY, I'm very familiar with the Adirondack Mountains. But they are quite different from the Smokies. In NY the mountainsides are jagged stone and fir. Rugged and majestic.

The Smokies generally have gentler slopes and little, comparatively, in the way of bare rock and cliff. But a slow, observant hike here in Tennessee's Cherokee Forest reveals something those northern mountains cannot match by any stretch -- both the amount of and variety of plants.


Carolina Spring Beauty


Along the Appalachian Trail on May 2, 2010, somewhere between Beauty Spot and Deep Gap.


The flower has five pink-lined white petals and blooms from March into May.

Mountain Myrtle


Lathyrus odoratus


Daisy Fleabane


Lathyrus odoratus


May Apple


Podophyllum peltatum


Horse Nettle


Solanum carolinense


Crown Vetch


Along the Erwin Linear Trail


Looks a lot like a red clover from a distance...

Painted Trillium


Trillium undulatum


Morning Glory


Morning Glory


Pansy


Hybridized Viola


Red Clover


Trifolium pratense


Joe-Pye weed


Eupatorium purpureum


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Plant Sections


Berries
Raspberry, blueberry, Indian Strawberry, Wintergreen Berry...

Blue
Whitemouth Dayflower, Virginia Spiderwort...

Purple
Smooth Phlox, Purple Phacelia, Late Purple Aster...

Mushrooms
Amanita, Turkey Tail, Dryads Saddle...

Non-Flowering
Plants

Tree Groundpine...

Orange
Trumpet Vine, Turks Cap Lily...

Pink
Red Turtlehead, Showy Evening Primrose...

Red
Cardinal Flower, Fire Pink, Southern Red Trillium...

Trees
Mimosa, Redbud...

White
Star Chickweed, Creeping Bush Clover...

Yellow
Coltsfoot, Yellow Wood Sorrel, Rattlesnake weed...

Related Sites

Tennessee Wildflowers
Kris Light has a wonderful site full of pictures and information. Her site has helped me ID several flowers.
TN Wildflowers


Appalachian Treks
Mark Peacock has some great pictures and info on trails around my area of Eastern Tennessee.
App. Treks


Hiking Bill
Sort of an online tour guide to S. Appalachian hiking trails, by someone who obviously loves to hike.
Hiking Bill


TN Wildflower Gallery
These pages on by Cheryl Hiers, who obviously does a lot of hiking and photography.
Wildflower Guide


Flicr
Wildflower field guide. Just tons of wildflower photos, some really exceptional.
Flicr Flowers

Conservation

Plastic Waste
Every piece of plastic ever made still exists...
Very Cool YouTube Video...