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Old Aug 31, 2014, 9:03 PM   #1
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Enjoyed a hike up Roan Mountain recently, to check on one of our rarest native Lilies. It was a typical day at the Roan, foggy and damp and full of misty views.
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There were still a few Flame Azaleas blooming.
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Wild False Hellebore's strange green flowers were also in bloom. Flies are their main pollinator...
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Many species of ferns thrive in the cool and damp.
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As do the blueberry bushes.
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We had good news and bad news about the lilies. We saw plenty of them in bloom, but many were diseased. There is a fungus disease attacking several of our native lily species. Research is ongoing, but so far, no cure. It is quite possible that people touching the diseased plants can spread it to healthy plants, so we were very careful to avoid any contact with any of the plants. We also encouraged other photographers to do the same.
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Here are more shots of Gray's Lily (Lilium grayi), a rare lily of the southern highlands.
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Notice the deep red color, the abundant speckling, and the petals that do not curve backwards...
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Most plants only had one or two blooms, but we found a few with three.
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And one healthy plant with six blooms!
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