The Trillium erectum Species Complex of the Southern Appalachians. Katherine G. Mathews, PhD – November 8, 2019

Friday, November 8 – The Trillium erectum species complex of the Southern Appalachians
Presenter: Katherine G. Mathews, PhD,,  Associate Professor of Biology & Director of the Herbarium, Western Carolina University

Kathy’s presentation covered the distinctive characteristics of six Trillium species native to the Southern Appalachian region and then focused on three taxa, Trillium erectum var. erectum (red-flowered), T. rugelii, (white-flowered), and T. erectum var. album (white-flowered) and their putative hybrids. More information can be found in Christina Pampkin Stoehrel’s thesis.

A link to the Herbarium can be found here.

Ten Things to Know about Trilliums

Kathy has given us permission to post her talk, which you can access here:

Trillium erectum species complex of the Southern Appalachians

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McCall Cemetery Loop – October 25, 2019

Photography by Ken Borgfeldt, Penny Longhurst, & Harriet Walls. Click on any picture to zoom and view the slide show

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Bad Creek to the Whitewater River – October 18, 2019

Information about the construction and operation of the Lake Jocassee Pumped Storage Facility can be found here.

Photography by Ken Borgfeldt and Penny Longhurst. Click on any picture to zoom.

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Holmes Educational State Forest, Upper Loop – October 11, 2019

Holmes Trail Map

Photography by Ken Borgfeldt &  Penny Longhurst. Click on any picture to zoom and view the slide show.

 

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Jones Farm – October 4, 2019

Thanks, Betty for a great visit! Photography by Ken Borgfeldt & Penny Longhurst. (Click on any picture to zoom & enter the slide show).

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Mt. Hardy Trail – September 27, 2019

Photography by Ken Borgfeldt & Joe Standaert. (Click on any picture to zoom & enter the slide show)

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Ashmore Heritage Preserve – September 20, 2019

Photography by Ken Borgfeldt. (Click on any picture to zoom)

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Sam Knob Meadow – September 13, 2019

Photography by Ken Borgfeldt,  Penny Longhurst,  Jim Poling, & Joe Standaert. Click on any picture to zoom & enter the slide show.

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Purchase Knob – September 6, 2019

From the NPS website: The Appalachian Highland Science Learning Center is based on 535 acres in Haywood County, North Carolina, contiguous with the rest of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The parcel includes the 5,086 foot elevation Purchase Knob, a historic cabin, and two buildings which contain offices, laboratory space, a 50-person classroom, and housing for up to eight visiting scientists.

The buildings and land were donated in 2000 by Kathryn McNeil and Voit Gilmore, who had owned the property since 1964, and had built a summer home upon it. This represents the largest donation of land since GSMNP came into existence. Since then, the park has averaged about 5,000 visiting scientists, students and teachers each year. Everyday, the staff and program participants thank the family for their generous gift.

In 2001, Purchase Knob became the home of one of five initial Learning Centers created by Congress to support research in the National Parks and to transmit the information generated to the public. Eventually, 32 learning centers are expected nationwide. To learn more about Purchase Knobs visit the NPS website.

Photography by Ken Borgfeldt, Daudie Colson, & Penny Longhurst

 

 

 

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Parkway South Scout – August 21, 2019

At least two inches of rain overnight in Brevard so the field trip was cancelled, but you can see David’s pictures from the scout below. Photography by David Heavner.

 

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