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Winter Greens at Patuxent River Park

02/20/2011 9:44 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Yesterday was a beautiful day, even if quite blustery, to explore the woods and wetlands of Patuxent River Park. After more than 15 years of working with PRP staff on river-based programs, it was wonderful to explore this park; and with two wonderful naturalists as co-leaders. Greg Kearns, the park naturalist for over 30 years, shared so much knowledge about the site and was able to describe what will fill in the brown spots as the season progresses.

PRP is fortunate to have gained a new volunteer, Esther Woodworth. She is an awesome person to be out in the field with--look for her to lead more hikes at the park this year.

Here is the list of "Winter Greens" we saw (anything green, besides beer bottles) are on this list. If I forgot something, please add it as a comment. (a) means non-native.

box-elder, Acer negunda

sweet woodruff (a), Asperula odorata

ebony spleenwort, Asplenium platyneuron

spotted wintergreen, Chimaphila maculata

marginal wood fern, Dryopteris marginalis

strawberry-bush, Euonymus americanus

Avens, Geum species

rattlesnake plaintain, Goodyera pubescens

inkberry, Ilex glabra

American holly, Ilex opaca

eastern redcedar, Juniperus virginiana

mountain laurel, Kalmia latifolia

Lamium sp. (a), Lamium species

Japanese honeysuckle (a), Lonicera japonica

southern ground-cedar, Lycopodium digitatum

tree clubmoss, Lycopodium obscurum

sweetbay, Magnolia virginiana

partridgeberry, Mitchella repens

spatterdock, Nuphar advena

Virginia pine, Pinus virginiana

Christmas fern, Polystichum acrostichoides

glaucous greenbrier, Smilax glauca

catbrier, Smilax rotundifolia

common chickweed (a), Stellaria media

skunk cabbage, Symplocarpus foetidus

cranefly orchid, Tipularia discolor

We also saw two "never greens"--plants that never have chlorophyll:

Indian-pipe, Monotropa uniflora, “never green”

beech-drops, Epifagus virginiana, “never green”

And the unknown shrub keyed out to be: blackhaw, Viburnum prunifolium

Until the next hike--

Karyn

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