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Old Nov 2, 2016, 9:06 PM   #1
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Was up at Camp Creek Bald recently, checking on a rare plant population. This is a stretch of Appalachian Trail in nearby Greene County TN, very close to the North Carolina border.

Time was short, so we only paused a few times to enjoy the ripe autumn views. Here's a dawn look at Blackstack Cliffs.
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And here are some autumnal views from Whitehouse Rocks.
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Goal of the trip was to check on a tiny rare plant. Rock Harlequin (Corydalis sempervirens) is either endangered or threatened in 7 states, including here in Tennessee. We found a thriving population several years ago. But it's an annual plant - going from seed to plant to bloom to ripe seed (and dead plant) in one season. All it takes is one bad season to lose the entire population.
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You'll be happy to see that the plants were thriving! There were over a dozen plants in full bloom, most also with seed pods.

Another fun & successful "plant hunt" in the East Tennessee hills. Thanks for sharing your comments!
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