Logo Spring Ephemerals in Cherry Cove
Southern Nantahala Wilderness - April 2016
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Copyright (2016)

This is one of the most impressive high rich cove forest areas that I have found.   Situated at the foot of cliffs,
with several boulder fields on the slopes, the forest floor was literally covered with early spring wildflowers.

Early April:


Dutchmans_Breeches

Dutchman's Breeches {or Britches}   (Dicentra Cucullaria)


Dutchmans_Breeches





Blue_Cohosh

Blue Cohosh   (Caulophyllum thalictroides)


Blue_Cohosh





Boulder-field
It's hard to see individual flowers, but everything green in this image is a wildflower, fern or moss.




Early_Meadow_Rue

Early Meadow Rue   (Thalictrum dioicum)
Not the sharpest images, but with the tiny dangling stamens fluttering in the
strong breeze, it's amazing that I got any usable images of these flowers.


Early_Meadow_Rue





Cutleaf_Toothwort
Cutleaf Toothwort   (Cardamine Concatenata, or Dentaria laciniata)
After the Dutchman's Breeches, Toothworts were the most common flower at this spot.





Boulderfield
Another cliff area of this rich cove forest




Mayapple
Emerging Mayapple, or Mandrake   (Podophyllum peltatum)




Trout_lily
Dimpled Trout Lily   (Erythronium umbilicatum)
After a month of blooming, Trout Lily flowers here were few and far between.





Bloodroot
Bloodroot   (Sanguinaria canadensis)
While these were mostly past bloom around our cabin, they were just emerging at the higher elevations.



Pink_Bloodroot
I'd be curious to know if this flower maintained any pink color after it fully opened.




Trilliums
Trillium cuneatum
These were almost as prolific at high elevation as they were down by our cabin.





Ramps
Ramps   (Allium tricoccum)




Lilies
Perhaps Turk's Cap Lily   (Lilium superbum)


Late April:

Lady_Slippers

Pink Lady's Slippers   (Cypripedium acaule)


Lady_Slippers





Bellwort
Sessile Bellwort, or Wild Oats   (Uvularia sessilifolia)




Trillium_grandiflorum
White Trillium, aka white wake-robin or large-flowered trillium   (Trillium grandiflorum)




Showy_Orchis
Showy Orchis   (Galearis spectabilis)




Fiddleheads
Fern fiddleheads




Lady_Slippers

More Lady's Slippers


Lady_Slippers





Blue_Cohosh
Blue Cohosh   (Caulophyllum thalictroides)




Hydrophyllum
Waterleaf leaves   (Hydrophyllum sp.)




Baneberry
White Baneberry, aka Doll's Eyes   (Actaea pachypoda)




Vasey_Trillium

Vasey's Trillium, aka sweet wakerobin or sweet beth   (Trillium vaseyi)


Vasey_Trillium





Yellow_Mandarin

Yellow Mandarin, aka Yellow Fairybells   (Prosartes lanuginosa, syn. Disporum lanuginosum)


Yellow_Mandarin





Lilies
The lilies (Lilium superbum) are coming along




Squaw_root
Squawroot, aka cancer-root or bear corn   (Conopholis americana)



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