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Old Nov 2, 2016, 9:13 PM   #1
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Default Early Autumn Blooming

Despite a very dry end to summer and start to autumn, it's been a fine season for East Tennessee blooms. Here's a little early autumn "bouquet" for you.

Michaux's Lily (also called Carolina Lily) is one of the last native lilies to bloom in the East Tennessee hills. It also thrives in much drier locations than its lily cousins. These plants were on the dry steep rocky slopes of Flint Rock.
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Old Nov 2, 2016, 9:14 PM   #2
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Not far away were some Wild Sunflowers, also clinging to the sunny dry rocks.
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Yellow Fringed Orchid also thrives up at Flint Rock, although it needs a bit more moisture.
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Cranefly Orchid is probably one of our commonest late-season orchids, and also does best in damp shady places.
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And here's another common orchid of early autumn. East Tennessee is home to several species of Spiranthes ("lady's tresses"). Most of them grow in moist meadows.
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Speaking of moisture, Pink Turtlehead only thrives in areas of dependable moisture and shade. This one was blooming at Hampton Creek Cove, near one of the many small clear streams.
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Great Lobelia also blooms in the early autumn in the soggy places.
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And East Tennessee wet places are home to two species of Jewelweed. Spotted Jewelweed with orange flowers is the commonest at lower elevations, and Pale Jewelweed with yellow flowers is more common at higher elevations. Jewelweed is named for the jewel-like appearance of water drops as they bead up on the water-repellant leaves. It's also called "touch me not," because of the explosive seed pods.
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Hope you enjoyed the autumnal sampler, and will share your comments and critique!
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The Michaux's (Carolina) Lily shots and Yellow Fringed Orchid are quite special as is the Jewelweed. Your botany "lessons" are well appreciated, as I often look up more about the flora and fauna you post.
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