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Old Aug 26, 2015, 9:03 PM   #1
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Have enjoyed MANY botanical hikes this summer, enjoying the wild places and searching out various rare and unusual plant populations. Here are just a few "fruits" of the hikes.

There is a fungus disease attacking several of our native Lily species. For some reason, the Michaux's Lily seems to be immune to the disease. This is under careful study by local botanists.
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Old Aug 26, 2015, 9:05 PM   #2
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Unfortunately, the rare Gray's Lily up at Roan Mountain is affected by the lily disease. Here are several views of some healthier specimens.
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It was nice to see so many healthy plants full of bloom this year.
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The much more common Turk's Cap Lily is also affected by the fungus disease.
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Here's another plant that is rather rare in general, but fairly common in the high places like Roan Mountain. Michaux's Saxifrage thrives where it's high, rocky and wet.
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Mountain Angelica also thrives in those high damp places. This one is just opening up at Roan Mountain.
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Here's a very rare mountain bloom. The tiny Rock Harlequin is an endangered species here in Tennessee. This one was along the Appalachian Trail near Firescald Knob.
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Now for a common flower of the high places. Hairy Skullcap seems such an odd name for such a pretty plant. This one was blooming at Holston Mountain.
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And another fairly common high elevation flower, called, appropriately enough, Mountain Sorrel. We saw LOTS of these in bloom on the newly-relocated stretch of Appalachian Trail at the high NW corner of Rocky Fork.
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Cool mountain streams are perfect for Bee Balm. Here's one of the MANY blooming at Rocky Fork.
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