Saturday, May 28, 2011

Some Updates/Corrections

Me, my backpack, the trail - one hour from now! But first some quick updates/corrections...

This is Fringed Phacelia (Phacelia fimbriata), not Miami Mist (Phacelia purshii) which is less deeply fringed and has lavender-blue petals.

Trillium vaseyi aka Sweet Wake Robin or Vasey's Trillium (previously labeled "unknown Trillium"). Newcombs has been my primary ID book, but this one, along with P.fimbriata are not listed. Evidence of our unique mountain niches.

Check out that flower!

Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja coccinea) is indeed edible. Native Americans used to consume the flowers as a condiment with wild greens (Wiki). This plant is rather uncommon around here and so, if you do taste, taste in moderation.

See y'all on the trail!

1 comment:

  1. Heather, I'm glad my good friend turned me on to your blog. This is great stuff, keep it up! I'll be starting my MST journey from Clingmans on 6/1.

    If you get this note in time and need a place to crash in Marion, give us a shout (matthew.d.kirk at gmail), enjoy the teaberries in the gorge!