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Yellow Flowers

Yellow Wood Sorrel


Oxalis stricta

Leaves look like clover -- I found this specimen in a mix of pines and hardwoods along the Appalachian Trail, near the Nolichucky river.

Fun facts: The leaves and flowers are edible and have a slightly bitter, lemon-ish flavor. High in vitamin C, but they also have a lot of potassium oxalate and oxalic acid, which are not good to eat in large amounts. So don't make it a staple of your diet :)
The Wood Sorrel exhibits nyctinasty, meaning, for this plant, that the leaves "fold up" for the night. (I learned a new word... sounds like a single-word oxymoron, doesn't it?)

04/23/2011

Coltsfoot


Tussilago farfara
Spotted these 4500 feet on my way up Unaka Mountain, alongside the gravel road I took as a shortcut to the overlook. This was April 3, 2011. Still some snow left over from a couple nights before hiding in the near-shadows. This flower blooms early (likely much earlier on lower elevations) and its leaves are not yet showing. Reminds me of a redbud tree in that it blooms before it leafs out.

Yellow Star Grass


Hypoxis hirsuta




Common Evening Primrose


Oenothera biennis




Common Mullein


Verbascum thapsus




Dandelion


Taraxacum_officinale




Dwarf Cinquefoil


Potentilla canadensis




Greater Tickseed


Coreopsis major




Halberd-leaf Violet


Viola hastata




Rattlesnake Weed


Hieracium venosum




Round-leaved Yellow Violet


Viola rotundifolia




Smooth False Foxglove


Gerardia laevigata




Woodland Sunflower


Campsis radicans




Mock Strawberry


Potentilla indica

Formerly Duchesnea indica, also called Indian Strawberry.

Plant looks like a strawberry, especially a wild strawberry (Frageria virginiana), but the blooms are yellow instead of white. Plant leaves look very much like the Cinquefoil which also appears on this page, but the mock strawberry has 3 leaflets per stem as opposed to the cinquefoils 5.

Berries are edible, but I have read descriptions of them as dry and tasteless... and I have to agree. It's like you took a baby strawberry, toook out all the sweetness, then mlet it sit around until it was almost completely dried out. Tastes bo-ring.

But it is a nice-looking plant and flower. And although it "yields" mostly in May and June, like a real strawberry, it continues to flower and berry late into fall.

Photographed 03/19/2012

Trout Lily


Erythronium americanum
(aka dogtooth violet)

The "trout" moniker is said to come from its leaves resembling the spots on a brook trout. Its tubers are edible raw. Plant disappears in summer, returns the next spring. Grows in colonies.

I was able to isolate this specimen by getting the shadow of a large log behind the blossom...

Photographed April 1, 2012


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Red
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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...
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