Holly Shelter Game Land
Sponsored by the Southeast Coast chapterSunday, November 07, 2010
A walk (and drive) through the Longleaf Pine Savanna and pocosin habitat of Holly Shelter with Andy Wood of Audubon NC
Andy Wood explains the various growth stages of the longleaf pine, Pinus palustris
Nesting cavity of Holly Shelter resident, the RCW
Longleaf pines provide critical habitat for the red-cockaded woodpecker, Picoides borealis
The male RCW excavates the nest cavity in live mature longleafs with red heart fungal disease. He protects his investment from arboreal snakes by stripping bark away near the nest as well as drilling small holes to allow the sticky pine sap to flow away from the nest.
Longleaf Pine Savanna
Lara capturing a photograph of the pinebarren gentian
Note the blooming wiregrass, Aristida stricta in the foreground. A fire-dependent plant of this ecosystem, wiregrass must undergo a burn in order to set seed.
the dried leaves smell like tobacco!
Purple Pitcher Plant
what lives inside the purple pitcher plant?
why the purple pitcher-plant mosquito of course!
The larvae of the Wyeomia smithii mosquito is an inhabitant of this pitcher plant and feeds on the partially digested carcasses “provided” by the pitcher plant.
Looking for carcasses in the trumpet pitcher plant
Lycopodiaceae, perhaps Lycopodiella sp. or Pseudolycopodiella sp. see Clubmosses
butterwort w/ slender clubmoss in the background
basal leaves of redroot
White colicroot and basal leaves
Scaleleaf false foxglove? Agalinis aphylla
Agalinis sp are hemiparasites on the roots of grasses and other plants
yet another Carphephorus sp?
formerly Aster squarrosus
eastern silvery aster; previously Aster concolor
V. primulifolia see Viola
blooming in November?
brilliant red seed pods
A special thank you goes to Andy Wood for finding the blue gentians in a sea of wiregrass and sharing with us the natural beauty that is Holly Shelter.
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