Logo American Columbo (Frasera caroliniensis)
Track Rock Gap - 2016 & 2017
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Copyright (2017)

I searched three different "known" sites before I found some American Columbo, a most unusual
plant.   It is quite uncommon, although not rare, but when found it often occurs in large colonies.
The plant persists as a large rosette of basal leaves for 5-20 years before finally bolting as a large
flowering plant 3-8 feet tall for a single season, then dying.


Early June - 2016:


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Basal Rosette - I saw LOTS of these.


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American Columbo   (Frasera caroliniensis)
Typical four petaled flower.



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An unusual five petaled flower.


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Flower, with a few ants.
IMHO, it doesn't take 5 petals for these flowers to be considered unusual!



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Flower group


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Collage showing bee feeding on the fringed nectar pad that occurs in the middle of each corolla lobe.
Note the pollen "saddle bags" on the bee.



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I didn't get a very good photo of the entire flowering plant.
I only found one plant in bloom, and it was well past prime...



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I came across this Eastern Box Turtle while looking for the Columbo.


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As well as some Hairy Skullcap   (Scutellaria elliptica)



While I only found one plant blooming here in 2016, in 2017 I saw six plants.
My visit was almost too late, as most of the flowers were spent or drooping.


A rainy day in late May - 2017:


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Entire Columbo plant



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